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Detectives investigating the disappearance of a Suffolk teenager said a bone found in woodland was not human in origin.
The small piece of bone has been subject to extensive tests following its discovery during searches of the wood in February.
The first examination of the bone indicated the bone was human, further m tests with two separate experts have indicated that the bone’s origin is that of an animal.
The bone was found in the wood after officers searched the area as part of the Luke Durbin missing person enquiry.
Luke, who went missing in May 2006, was known to frequent the wood, and officers searched the wood as part of their ongoing enquiries when the bone was discovered.
Detectives investigating the disappearance of Suffolk teenager Luke Durbin say tests on a bone which was discovered in woodland in Ufford in Suffolk February have confirmed the origin of the bone belonged to an animal.
There has been a new development in the long-running search for Suffolk teenager Luke Durbin.
Officers searching for Luke, who went missing in 2006 have discovered human remains in woods near the village of Ufford. Police say they won't speculate whether it is the missing 19-year-old.
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Detective Superintendent John Brocklebank who is leading the investigation into the disappearance of Luke Durbin said:
A human bone has been found in a Suffolk village.
The small piece of bone was found in the Parklands area of Ufford, near Wickham Market. The b one was found during a search of woodland as part of the investigation into the disappearance of 19 year old Luke Durbin, from Hollesley, near Woodbridge.
Police say 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.
A human bone has been discovered in a Suffolk village, Police have said.
The bone was discovered in a wooded area close to the Parklands area of Ufford as part of an investigation into the disappearance of Luke Durbin, 19, of Hollesley near Woodbridge.
Part of Ufford in Suffolk has been cordoned off today, Tuesday 4 March, following the discovery of a human bone in a woodland area in the village.