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Body found after three year search for man believed murdered

Chris May went missing nearly three years ago Credit: Family picture

Police investigating the disappearance of a man from Essex three years ago say they've found a body.

The announcement was made by the senior detective responsible for the investigation in to the disappearance of Kelvedon man Chris May.

A call was made to the force on Sunday afternoon, May 14, by a member of the public who reported finding a body in woodland in Faulkbourne.

The body was forensically recovered and a post-mortem examination held on Monday, May 15, which was inconclusive.

However police seem convinced that the body is his.

I strongly believe the body which has been found is Chris May, 28, from Kelvedon. Enquiries are now being conducted to establish how he died.

“Chris’s family are continuing to receive support from a specialist family liaison officer who has worked with them since Chris went missing in May 2015.

– DCI Stephen Jennings
Hundreds of people turned out to search for Chris May at the time Credit: ITV Anglia

Police say the body was found less than a fortnight before the third anniversary of his disappearance.

Their priority now is to seek answers for his family and for the coroner to piece together his very last moments.

At the time police said they thought Chris's death could have something to do with his involvement with drugs.

The force was treating his disappearance as a missing persons case but a year after he went missing it became a murder inquiry.

Police received letters claiming Chris was dead, though his family continued to hold out hope he was alive.

Police say recent developments are extremely difficult for Chris’ family.

Anyone who thinks they have any information about Chris’s last movements in May 2015 is asked to contact the North Major Investigation Team on 101.