Officers keen to trace two boys and a swimmer as part of their murder investigations

Detectives from the Major Investigation Team at Suffolk Police are issuing an appeal for further witnesses, including two boys and a swimmer, to come forward to assist with the ongoing murder investigation in Sudbury.

Suffolk Police launched a murder inquiry following the discovery of bags containing bones, confirmed to be human remains, in the River Stour, in Sudbury, on Thursday, August 27.

Officers are still keen to speak to anyone who uses the river and associated footpaths regularly, including anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area, or who may have seen the bags in the water.

Temporary Detective Superintendent Mike Brown, the Senior Investigating Officer at Suffolk Police said: “Today we are appealing for further witnesses to come forward, including three specific witnesses in particular, who may be able to assist with our ongoing investigation.

“First, we would like to speak to two boys who assisted the witness who found the bags in the water on Thursday, August 27, and tried to help recover them. Secondly, we would like to speak to a man who was seen swimming in the area of the river known locally as the ‘Victorian bathing pool’ on Thursday, August 20.

“We would still like to speak to anyone who uses the route regularly and to ask anyone who may have dash-cam footage of the area of the Croft to check this, in case there is anything relevant to the investigation. Thank you to those individuals who have already come forward with information and also to the local community for their patience as we continue with our searches.”

Cordons are still in place at the scene, with search officers from Suffolk Police and police divers from the Metropolitan Police Marine Policing Unit remaining at the scene today and tomorrow.

The Croft Road footbridge and footpath between Meadow Gate and Croft Gate will remain closed for searches and the emergency navigation closure for the River Stour at the Croft Road footbridge remains in place.

Anyone with any information that might assist the inquiry is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team via the online portal here:

Or please call 101 and ask to speak to the Major Investigation Team quoting reference number 37/49998/20.

Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: .

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