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Murder investigation launched after man's body found by dog walker in Avonmouth

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A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a man was found by a dog walker in Avonmouth.

The man has not yet been identified.

A member of the public was walking in open land close to Boundary Road at 5:30pm on Sunday 8 March when they found the body.

The access road is closed whilst the area is investigated.

We have a team of officers and staff working on this inquiry and our priority is to identify the victim and locate his next of kin.

We don’t yet know how long the body was at the location before being found, but a forensic post-mortem examination will be carried out by a Home Office pathologist later today to determine how the man died.

I know the road closures will impact on businesses in the area but it’s important we carry out a thorough examination of the scene and gather all available evidence.

I’d appeal to anyone who saw any suspicious activity around Boundary Road or the access road (Access 18) over the past few days to report this to us as soon as possible.

Have you seen any parked vehicles which shouldn’t have been there, or anyone out of their vehicle and walking on the surrounding land? If so, we want to hear from you.

– Det Supt Julie Mackay, of the Major Crime Investigation Team

If you have any relevant information you are advised to call the Major Crime Investigation Team on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220056436.