A murder investigation has been launched after human bones were found dumped in a Suffolk river in two black bin bags.
A member of the public caught sight of the bags in the River Stour between Meadow Gates and Croft Bridge in Sudbury on Thursday afternoon.
They reported their findings to a ranger, who discovered the human remains inside.
Suffolk Police confirmed this afternoon they are treating the case as a murder investigation ‘due to the suspicious circumstances in which they were found’.
Forensic tests will be carried out on the bones over the coming days and a post-mortem examination will be conducted on Saturday.
A submerged shopping trolley was also found a ‘little further’ along the river from where the bags were located.
Two cordons are currently in place in Sudbury – one around the area of the river and a second where the bags were moved to by the ranger before he realised what was inside.
Inspector Kevin Horton, local policing commander for Sudbury, said: ‘We appreciate that local residents are likely to find this discovery alarming and as such we will be increasing police patrols in the town to provide reassurance.
‘Officers are also likely to remain at the scene over the weekend and into the early part of next week.
‘Discoveries such as this are extremely rare – especially in Suffolk – and as such we do not believe there is any cause for concern to members of the public.’
Mr Horton added: ‘We would ask anyone with information about this discovery to make contact with the major investigation team immediately.
‘This includes anyone who believes they saw the bags in the river prior to yesterday afternoon, or saw the shopping trolley either in this location or elsewhere along the river.’
Detectives have appealed for anyone with a dash cam who drove in the vicinity of the Croft since August 24 to contact them.
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