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Body was in well for two years

A body found in a well outside a home in Surrey had been been there for around two years, police now believe. Seven men who were arrested on suspicion of murder have been released on bail.

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Murder investigation launched after body found in well

Police have launched a murder investigation after gardeners discovered a body in a well in Warlingham, Surrey.

Officers were called to the scene in the front garden of a house on Audley Drive.

It is a murder investigation. As far as I am concerned, when a body is found in a well, it either fell in there, or was placed in there, and the evidence is apparent that the body was placed in there."

– Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons

The gardeners were doing clearing work when they found the body at the large house, which stands in an acre of grounds in an affluent area.

The body presents a number of logistical challenges. Thewell is two feet in diameter, it is seven feet deep to the water line, and thewater is approximately four feet deep.

"Weneed a police marine diving team, with breathing apparatus, and we need to recover the body intact to preserveforensic evidence. The process of recovery is likely to take some time."

– Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons

He declined to speculate on how long this might be, but said itwas not going to be a quick recovery.

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