Search for boys and swimmer after human remains found in river

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward to assist with the ongoing murder investigation following the discovery of human bones in Sudbury.

Officers were called at around 4.35pm on Thursday (August 27) after bones were found inside two black bin bags which had been recovered from the River Stour near Meadow Gate and Croft Bridge.

The bags had been spotted by a member of the public who then informed a ranger.

A shopping trolley was also found a little further along the river from where the bags were located.

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.

Police seen taking photographs at the scene

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.

Detectives from the Major Investigation Team at Suffolk Police are looking to speak with two boys and a swimmer who were in the area when the bones were found.

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 27 August 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 20 August.

“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.”

Anyone with information about this discovery is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, via either the force’s online portal or by calling 101 quoting reference number 37/49998/20.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Essex Live