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Manhunt launched after human remains found in suitcases at Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol | UK news

Manhunt launched after human remains found in suitcases at Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol | UK news

Officials were alerted to reports that a man was behaving suspiciously on the bridge shortly before midnight on Wednesday.


Thursday, July 11, 2024, 1:32 p.m., United Kingdom

Police are searching for a man who left two suitcases containing suspected human remains at the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.

Officials were alerted to reports that a man was behaving suspiciously on the bridge shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

They arrived at the crime scene within 10 minutes – but the man had disappeared and left a suitcase behind.



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One of the two suitcases was found on the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Image: Greatest Hits Radio Bristol

A short time later, a second suitcase was found nearby, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Acting Bristol Commander Vicks Hayward-Melen said the “immediate priority” was to find the man and identify the human remains.

She said that following the discoveries, ground officers immediately launched a search of the area with assistance from the National Police Air Service and HM Coastguard.

These searches are still ongoing and officers have set up a police cordon near the crime scene.

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She said: “This is a very disturbing incident and I am acutely aware of the concern it is causing in our community.

“The investigation is being led by our Serious Crime Investigation Team and involves specialist officers and staff from across the organisation.

“Our immediate priority is to locate the man who brought the suitcases onto the bridge, identify the deceased and inform his next of kin.

“Specialized officers are on hand to provide them with any assistance they need.”

She added: “Specialist forensic investigators are currently examining the bridge and the surrounding area. The bridge will remain closed while these investigations are carried out.”

“A forensic autopsy will take place later today.

“There is currently an increased police presence in the area and anyone with concerns is encouraged to speak to an officer.”

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