Man arrested after horrified passerby discovers human remains dumped in river

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A man has been arrested after the grisly discovery of human bones dumped near a Brit town.

The remains were left in the River Stour near Sudbury in Suffolk last August in two black bin bags.

A member of the public alerted police on August 27, who then carried out a huge search of the area.

However, an initial post-mortem examination was not able to determine the victim’s identity or the cause of death.

Further forensic testing found the victim was an adult male.

Other remains were tracked down, which belonged to the same person.

On Tuesday, May 25, detectives arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with the discovery.

He was also detained on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

The man was taken to Bury St Edmunds police investigation centre for questioning.

Another man was arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug.

Testing to establish when the victim died, and to try to identify him by comparing DNA across national and international databases, is continuing.

A second man was arrested at the same time as the first man on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug.

He has not been arrested in connection with the discovery of the human remains.

Officers are searching a property in Sudbury following these arrests and this work is expected to continue into Wednesday, May 26.

Suffolk Police said in a statement: “Detectives continue to appeal for anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour near to the river in the week preceding the discovery to come forward.

“They would also like to hear from anyone who has seen black bin bags in unusual locations, such as ditches or hedgerows.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, either via our online portal here: or by calling 101.

“Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form:”

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