Death of former Marine John Dick being treated as unexplained

Missing Royal Marine veteran John Dick from Letchworth found dead

John Dick, from Bury St Edmunds, died after disappearing in Dovercourt last November - Credit: Courtesy of Amy Hooper

The death of a Suffolk Royal Marines veteran whose remains were found near Harwich Port is being treated as "unexplained", police have said.

A human skull discovered near a building site at the port in July was confirmed by DNA testing to be the remains of John Dick, a father-of-two from Bury St Edmunds.

More bones were found along the coastline in Bathside Bay earlier this month.

Mr Dick, 38, was last seen getting a train at Dovercourt railway station on November 30 last year.

Members of his family issued an urgent plea for him to return home a fortnight later, describing his disappearance as "totally out of character".

However, Essex Police confirmed on Tuesday that Mr Dick, who served in the Marines for 13 years, had died.

A police spokesman said officers are treating the death as unexplained, and it is not being linked to any other ongoing investigations.

A file is being prepared for the coroner.

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