A man and a woman are in police custody on suspicion of murder after human remains were discovered off a footpath in a seaside town.

Police launched a murder investigation after a horrified walker discovered “partial human remains” off a cliff path in Overcliff Drive in Boscombe, Dorset, at around 1.30pm on Saturday. Officers have now identified the deceased as a 49-year-old man from Bournemouth.

Detectives from the Dorset Police Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) have contacted the man’s family. They have also arrested a 38-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man – both also from Bournemouth – on suspicion of murder.

A number of cordons remain in place across Boscombe while the investigation continues. However, an initial crime scene that covered the Manor Steps Zig Zag has since been removed.

Detective Inspector Neil Third, of MCIT, said: “This remains a very complex investigation and we have worked tirelessly since the initial discovery and report to progress our enquiries.

“Foremost, our thoughts are with the victim’s family. We will continue to do all we can to establish the circumstances of the death. 

“Now that we have been able to identify the victim following scientific analysis, I am in a position to be more specific about my appeal. I would like to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity around the area of the Manor Steps Zig Zag in Boscombe between Monday 31 July 2023 and Saturday 26 August 2023.

“I would ask anyone with information, images or other material to please upload it to the Major Incident Public Portal that has been set up.

“A number of cordons have been put in place across the Boscombe area and I would like to thank the public for their assistance while officers conduct their detailed enquiries. Officers can be approached by members of the public with any information or concerns.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Dorset Police online or by calling 101 quoting incident 55230135228. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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