Mystery surrounds identity of man whose severed legs were found in river after no DNA match

Mystery surrounds identity of man whose severed legs were found in river at picturesque beauty spot after police failed to find DNA match, inquest hears

  • A bin bag inside a shopping trolley was washed up on the River Stour in August
  • Inside the bag were a man’s severed legs and police launched investigation
  • But DNA has not matched with any missing person in the UK, police said 

Mystery still surrounds the identity of a man whose severed legs were washed up in bin bags in a river in August, a coroner was told today.

Police were called to the picturesque spot on the River Stour in Sudbury, Suffolk on August 27 following the discovery of the bags inside a shopping trolley.

A passerby reported the bags to a ranger, who moved them from the trolley before realising they contained bones and calling the police. 

Mystery still surrounds the identity of a man whose severed legs were washed up in bin bags in a river in August, a coroner was told today. Pictured: police scouring the River Stour for more remains

Mystery still surrounds the identity of a man whose severed legs were washed up in bin bags in a river in August, a coroner was told today. Pictured: police scouring the River Stour for more remains

A team of divers was seen scouring the river for any more remains but failed to find any. 

Two Home Office post-mortem examinations of the bones – found at a scene painted by famous local artist John Constable – later confirmed they were human remains of a man of athletic build.

Police said officers have spoken to around 750 people and taken more than 140 statements.

But DNA taken from the bones has so far failed to match anyone on the UK’s missing person database.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Brown  told the hearing: ‘The identity of the victim is still unknown. 

Two Home Office post-mortem examinations of the bones - found at a scene painted by famous local artist John Constable - later confirmed they were human remains of a man of athletic build

Two Home Office post-mortem examinations of the bones – found at a scene painted by famous local artist John Constable – later confirmed they were human remains of a man of athletic build 

‘Forensics teams are continuing to analyse++ the bones in a bid to identify the victim but this process will be time-consuming.’ 

The force previously confirmed they launched a murder investigation due to the ‘suspicious circumstances’ in which the bones were found. 

Senior coroner for Suffolk, Nigel Parsley, opened and suspended the inquest to allow officers more time to complete their investigation.

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