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19th November 2017

Ufford: Human bone found


An area in Ufford has been cordoned off today, Tuesday 4 March, following the discovery of a human bone in a woodland area in the village.

On Friday 21 February, specialist officers carried out searches in the wooded area between the B1438 and The Avenue/Parklands, as part of Suffolk Police’s investigation into the disappearance of 19 year old Luke Durbin, from Hollesley, near Woodbridge.

During the searches a bone was discovered.

Initial tests on the bone suggest that it is a small piece of human bone.

Further detailed tests need to be carried out to establish how old the bone is, if it is from a male or female, age of the individual and potentially the identification of who it is from.

Coupled with these tests the area in Ufford will be cordoned off whilst specialist trained officers carry out further detailed searches of the area.

Detective Superintendent John Brocklebank who is leading the investigation into the disappearance of Luke Durbin said: “Officers have been searching the woodland area in Ufford as part of our continued enquiries into Luke’s disappearance. We knew Luke frequented this area prior to him going missing and as well as other lines of enquiry, we have also recently searched the woodland area.

“At this very early stage we cannot make any assumptions about the discovery of the small piece of bone, however we have had it confirmed that it is human.

“We now need to establish the identity of the bone which will be carried out by Forensic Anthropologists. This process may take weeks. We also need to carry out a more detailed search of the area, which again may take a number of weeks.

“We have advised Luke’s family of the discovery, but we are keen to stress that we cannot and will not speculate that this is Luke. We need to pass the work to specialists in this field to establish the identity of the bone.”

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