A 26-year-old man has been arrested for nine months after human bones were found in two black garbage bags in a river.
Suffolk police said the man, from Sudbury, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the discovery in the city’s River Stour last year.
The man was also arrested on charges of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and is being held for questioning at the Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Center.
On August 27, human remains were found by police officers and a post-mortem examination could not determine the bones or any cause of death.
Further forensics revealed that the victim was an adult male who probably had an athletic or muscular build.
Police investigating the discovery of the bones today searched a three-story Victorian house about 350 meters from where the remains were found in the river.
Neighbors said the three-bedroom town hall (pictured) undergoing an intensive search today was the home of a mother, her two grown sons and a daughter.
Suffolk police said the man, from Sudbury, was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the discovery in the city’s River Stour last year. Pictured, police on site last August
Police said last October that a ‘small amount of additional human remains’ were found during further searches in the river.
DNA tests showed these remains were from the same person, police said.
Testing continues to learn more about the victim’s identity and when he died.
DNA found in the bones is compared with national and international databases to try to help detectives find out what happened.
Forensic officers in white suits (pictured) were seen in the house looking for possible evidence while an officer stood guard in the neatly tended front yard
A police officer guards the front door of a Victorian house in Sudbury while it was being searched
On August 27, human remains were found by police officers and a post-mortem examination could not determine the bones or any cause of death. The photo shows the police on the spot after the remains were found in the river Stour
Police said a ‘small amount of additional human remains’ were found during further searches in the river. Pictured, forensic agents on the scene in August
A second man was also arrested on suspicion of concerns about the delivery of a controlled drug – but not in connection with the bones.
Neighbors said the three-bedroom town hall undergoing an intensive search today was the home of a mother, her two grown sons and a daughter.
Forensic officers in white suits were seen in the house looking for possible evidence while an officer stood guard in the manicured front yard.
A neighbor said: ‘The police arrived at 6 in the morning and they have been ever since. It’s quite a shock.
“One of the boys in the house is a painter and decorator and has done a great job for me in my house.”
Another resident said: “I left first and started work at 6am and came back everywhere to see the police. ‘
A neighbor said: ‘The police arrived at 6 in the morning and they have been ever since. It’s quite a shock. Pictured, a police car outside the house
Circled is the bag of bones that police confirmed were human remains
Detectives attempting to solve the mystery stated last October that they had spoken to about 750 people, made more than 140 statements and examined 180 hours of footage from 70 CCTV cameras in the city.
A statement from Suffolk police said today: “ Tests are still being conducted to determine the timescale in which the victim died, as well as attempts to identify him by comparing DNA in national and international databases.
Investigators continue to call for anyone who witnessed suspicious behavior near the river in the week prior to the discovery to come forward.
“They also like to hear from anyone who has seen black garbage bags in unusual locations, such as ditches or hedges.”
Last August, Suffolk Police were called to the River Stour between Meadow Gates and Croft Bridge in Sudbury at around 4:30 pm.
Investigators think other people have seen the trolley and want to know when it was dumped in the water
The human bones were found in two black garbage bags in a shopping cart submerged in the river.
A walker reported the garbage bags to a park ranger who took them out of the cart before realizing they were bones and called the police.
Two police scenes were then set up: one around the area of the river where the bags were discovered and the other around where the bags were moved.
At the time, a spokesman for the Suffolk police said: “ There will now be a sensitive and methodical process in the coming days, involving examination of the bones and forensic tests.
‘There will also be various other investigative activities and house searches, which will require a number of specialist resources.’