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Identity of human remains discovered at River Stour in Sudbury still unknown, inquest opening hears




The identity of the human remains discovered at a river in Sudbury earlier this year is still a mystery, a senior Suffolk Police officer has told a coroner's court.

The inquest formally opened today into the death of an unknown man, whose remains were found inside two bin bags which were recovered from the River Stour, near Meadow Gate and Croft Bridge, on Thursday, August 27.

Following the launch of a murder inquiry, forensic tests determined the bones belonged to an adult male, of an athletic or muscular build.

Crime Scene. Two bags of bones were found in the River Stour near Meadow Gate and Croft Bridge ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.. (41716989)
Crime Scene. Two bags of bones were found in the River Stour near Meadow Gate and Croft Bridge ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.. (41716989)

But, during the inquest's opening hearing at Suffolk Coroner's Court in Ipswich, Detective Chief Inspector Mike Brown said their identity remains unknown, with work ongoing to compare DNA from the bones with national and international databases.

Nigel Paisley, senior coroner for Suffolk, adjourned the inquest to allow for further police enquiries to be carried out.

Last month, Suffolk Police confirmed it had taken more than 140 statements or reports, having spoken to around 750 people in the Sudbury area since the investigation began.

Approximately 180 hours of CCTV footage has also been reviewed from almost 70 different systems around Sudbury, while more than 300 physical and forensic exhibits have been collated in connection with the inquiry.

Detectives are still keen to speak to a man who was seen swimming in the river, near the Victorian Bathing Pool and Meadow Gate Bridge, at about 5pm on August 20, one week before the remains were first discovered.

It is thought that the man – described as being aged between 20 and 30, with olive skin and short black hair – may be a witness, as he could be a regular user of the river.

If you can help, contact the Major Investigation Team on 101.

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