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Police search at a cemetery in Gibraltar and discover & # 39; bone material & # 39;

Police seek cemetery in Gibraltar in search of missing British sailor who disappeared 30 years ago, say they have discovered "bone material"

  • Simon Parkes, 18, was missing in 1986 while serving on carrier HMS Illustrious
  • Disappearance is linked to serial killer Allan Grimson, former petty officer
  • Officers said that further analysis is needed to find out whether bone is human

Police found bone fragments during a hunt for the body of Simon Parkes, 18, who was missing while serving on the HMS Illustrious in 1986

Police found bone fragments during a hunt for the body of Simon Parkes, 18, who was missing while serving on the HMS Illustrious in 1986

The police found bone fragments during a hunt for the body of a British British sailor who was reportedly murdered in Gibraltar more than 30 years ago.

Sea classification Simon Parkes, 18, served on aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious and took coastal leave at his last stop before returning to Portsmouth, Hampshire in 1986.

But the Bristol radio operator never returned on board – which led to a search of decades.

His disappearance is linked to serial killer Allan Grimson, a former petty officer, who was serving on board HMS Illustrious at that time.

Grimson was imprisoned for 22 years in 2001, then 42 years old, for the murder of naval class Nicholas Wright, 18 from Leicestershire, and bartender Sion Jenkins, 20, from Newbury, Berkshire.

Grimson has always denied being involved in Mr Parkes' disappearance.

The police began combing the Trafalgar Cemetery on the British Overseas Terrority earlier this week after receiving new information about the case.

The police began combing the Trafalgar Cemetery on the British Overseas Terrority earlier this week after receiving new information about the case

The police began combing the Trafalgar Cemetery on the British Overseas Terrority earlier this week after receiving new information about the case

The police began combing the Trafalgar Cemetery on the British Overseas Terrority earlier this week after receiving new information about the case

The disappearance of Mr. Parkes has been associated with serial killer Allan Grimson, a former petty officer, who at the time served aboard HMS Illustrious

The disappearance of Mr. Parkes has been associated with serial killer Allan Grimson, a former petty officer, who at the time served aboard HMS Illustrious

The disappearance of Mr. Parkes has been associated with serial killer Allan Grimson, a former petty officer, who at the time served aboard HMS Illustrious

Officers said today that the search yielded some bone material – although they need further forensic analysis to determine whether or not they are human.

The parents of Simon, Margaret and David, have been updated regarding the searches this week.

They said: & # 39; We want to thank everyone involved for their support and the opportunity to search for Simon again.

The parents of Simon, Margaret and David, have been updated regarding the searches this week

The parents of Simon, Margaret and David, have been updated regarding the searches this week

The parents of Simon, Margaret and David, have been updated regarding the searches this week

& # 39; It is a very difficult time, but we are optimistic that the search is not over and we will never give up hope to find it. & # 39;

Officers said today that the search yielded some bone material - although they need further forensic analysis to determine whether or not they are human

Officers said today that the search yielded some bone material - although they need further forensic analysis to determine whether or not they are human

Officers said today that the search yielded some bone material – although they need further forensic analysis to determine whether or not they are human

Inspector Inspector Roger Wood said: “We knew there was a chance we wouldn't find Simon, but we owed it to his family and crew to try it.

& # 39; The information that led us to the Trafalgar cemetery is credible and, as with any cold case, we will take action when new, feasible lines of investigation appear.

& # 39; Although the searches were unsuccessful as we had hoped, we did find bone material that may or may not be human.

& # 39; Further tests are needed to determine what they are and although this is a positive discovery, we are careful not to attach too much importance to it at the moment.

& # 39; In addition, our activity has also generated new lines of research with the public.

& # 39; This means that the investigation is still a long way off and that we will follow up on these promising leads in both the UK and Gibraltar. & # 39;

Detective inspector Roger Wood said: & # 39; We knew there was a chance we wouldn't find Simon, but we owed it to his family and crew to try it & # 39;

Detective inspector Roger Wood said: & # 39; We knew there was a chance we wouldn't find Simon, but we owed it to his family and crew to try it & # 39;

Detective inspector Roger Wood said: & # 39; We knew there was a chance we wouldn't find Simon, but we owed it to his family and crew to try it & # 39;

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