Detectives investigating the discovery of human remains in a river in Sudbury are able to confirm the victim was an adult male who is likely to have been of an athletic/muscular build.
Officers were called at around 4.35pm on Thursday, August 27, after the remains were found inside two black bin bags in the River Stour, near Meadow Gate and Croft Bridge.
At this stage, further forensic tests will need to be conducted in order to find out more about the partial remains. It is hoped these tests, along with other enquiries, will assist in establishing the person’s identity.
The expert analysis of the remains, which has taken place over the past week, has indicated that the male’s death did not occur in the recent past. The results have shown this would have happened some months ago or possibly even further back than that.
Detective Chief Superintendent Eamonn Bridger, Head of Crime, said: “Once again, I would appeal for anyone with information they feel may be relevant to come forward. While we will continue searching the River Stour and the areas around it, I would particularly like to appeal to anyone who may have seen other black bin bags in an unusual location, such as a hedge or a ditch, to get in contact with us.
“Someone out there will know who the person is, or who is responsible for his death. However, as we have said from the outset this is likely to be a complex and time-consuming investigation. We are continuing to seek expert advice and are utilising officers with various specialist skills as the inquiry progresses.
“We are very aware of – and are sensitive to – the feelings of families with missing people or those whose loved ones are involved in unsolved cases. We will seek to provide any updates as soon as we can be certain about the information we have. Where it has been possible to do so, we have done that already.
“I would like to thank the public for the support they have shown over the past week, as well as the assistance we have received from colleagues in other forces.
“Finally, I would like to reassure the residents of Sudbury, as well as the people of Suffolk, that we will do everything we can to bring this inquiry to a successful conclusion.”
Divers from the Metropolitan Police Marine Policing Unit will continue to help with the searching of the river and dog handlers from Essex Police are also assisting the Major Investigation Team.
House-to-house enquiries in the area have been progressing, with officers speaking to the residents of over 100 properties so far, with more to approach.
In excess of 140 witnesses have also come forward to police as a result of the appeals and detectives are in the process of assessing and prioritising this information.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, either via https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363720N59-PO1 or by calling 101.
Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Detectives would also like to hear from anyone who may have driven their vehicle in the vicinity of The Croft between Monday, August 24, and Thursday, August 27, and has a dash cam fitted, to review the footage to see if they captured anything of significance.