Bone found in missing teen inquiry animal in origin

A bone has been discovered in a Suffolk village, belonged to an animal police have said

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Bone fragment most likely to come from a deer

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.

Further more detailed tests have been carried out and it has been established that the bone was from an animal, and most likely a deer.

This was always going to be very difficult to establish as we are dealing with a very small fragment of bone and it was essential that we sought the expertise of specialists in order to move the investigation forward.

Luke’s mother, Nicki Durbin, has been kept fully informed throughout the testing process and understands that these have been necessary and appreciates everything we have done.

Our job now is to continue with the enquiry.”

– Detective Superintendent John Brocklebank from the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team

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