Officers search undergrowth after human remains found near beach in Bournemouth

Dorset Police start murder investigation after human remains found near beach in Boscombe. Credit: ITV News Meridian

Police are carrying out a detailed search following the discovery of partial human remains in Bournemouth.

Dozens of officers are searching undergrowth in the area this afternoon.

The area will remain closed for some time. It means access to the beach and for local dog walkers is restricted. 

Dorset Police received a report at 1.10pm on Saturday 26 August 2023 following a discovery by a member of the public of suspected partial human remains in the area of the Manor Steps Zig Zag, off Boscombe Overcliff Drive.

Officers attended and a cordon was put in place as enquiries were carried out. An investigation was subsequently launched by the Major Crime Investigation Team.

There will continue to be an increased police presence in the vicinity.

Partial human remains have been found in the area of the Manor Steps Zig Zag, off Boscombe Overcliff Drive. Credit: ITV News Meridian.

Detective Inspector Neil Third said: "We are treating this as a murder investigation and our enquiries are ongoing to establish the identity of the deceased and the circumstances surrounding their death.

"I am appealing to anyone with any information regarding this matter, or who has seen any suspicious activity around the area of the Manor Steps Zig Zag in Boscombe in recent days, to please inform police.

"A cordon remains in place at the scene while further detailed enquiries are conducted and I would like to thank members of the public for their patience and understanding while this is in place."


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