Murder inquiry launched after bags containing human bones discovered in Sudbury river
Officers were called to the River Stour, near Meadow Gates and Croft Bridge, at about 4.35pm yesterday after a member of the public spotted the bags and reported them to a ranger.
The bones were discovered inside two black bin bags, which were recovered from the river, and a shopping trolley was found a little further along the river from where the bags were located.
Police said the bags were moved by the ranger before their contents had been established.
As a result of this, two police cordons are currently in place – one around the area of the river where the bags were discovered and the other around the spot where the bags were moved to.
The bones have now been confirmed to be human remains and due to the suspicious circumstances in which they were found, detectives are treating this as a murder investigation.
Officers say a "sensitive and methodical process" will take place over the coming days as the bones are examined and forensic tests are conducted.
Various other investigative work and searches will also be carried out, using a number of specialist resources.
"This process will be time-consuming and so there are not likely to be any significant developments in the early stages," a spokesperson added.
And tomorrow a Home Office post-mortem examination will be undertaken which will aim to move the inquiry forward.
Officers say, while this is an "alarming" discovery, finds such as this are "extremely rare" in Suffolk.
Inspector Kevin Horton, Local Policing Commander for Sudbury, said: "We appreciate that local residents are likely to find this discovery alarming and as such we will be increasing police patrols in the town to provide reassurance. Officers are also likely to remain at the scene over the weekend and in to the early part of next week.
"Discoveries such as this are extremely rare – especially in Suffolk – and as such we do not believe there is any cause for concern to members of the public.
"We would ask anyone with information about this discovery to make contact with the Major Investigation Team immediately.
"This includes anyone who believes they saw the bags in the river prior to yesterday afternoon, or saw the shopping trolley either in this location or elsewhere along the river.”
Anyone with information about this discovery is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, either via their online portal or by calling 101.
Detectives would also like to hear from anyone who may have driven in the vicinity of the croft since Monday, August 24 and has a dash cam fitted, to review the footage to see if they captured anything of significance.