HUMAN remains found in bin bags dumped in a river are likely to be those of a adult male of "athletic/muscular build."

Detectives investigating the discovery of human remains and tests had indicated the man's death did not occur in the recent past.

The results have shown this would have happened some months ago or possibly even further back than that.

Officers were called at around 4.35pm on Thursday August 27, after the remains were found inside two black bin bags in the River Stour, near Meadow Gate and Croft Bridge.

At this stage, further forensic tests will need to be conducted in order to find out more about the partial remains.

It is hoped these tests, along with other enquiries, will assist in establishing the person’s identity.

Detective Chief Superintendent Eamonn Bridger, Head of Crime, said: “Unfortunately we know that it’s not a complete body and indeed our current belief is that that individual had been dead for some time before the disposing of in the river and the recovery,” he said.

“Obviously there are ongoing tests that will continue, scientific tests that will hopefully provide us a lot more detail, and we remain in contact with the national missing persons database and other national agencies to try to understand at the earliest possibility exactly what the identity of the individual is.”

A Home Office post-mortem examination conducted on Sunday was not able to establish a cause of death.

The man had been dead for a “minimum of months” Mr Bridger said, adding: “It’s too early to say more specifically than that.”

He said one of the families police had been in contact with was that of missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague, whose mother Nicola Urquhart said officers have told her the remains are not her son.

Mr Bridger said: “Because of the forensic testing conducted we can say with some degree of confidence that it isn’t indeed Corrie’s remains and therefore we were able to provide that update to try and reassure.”

The search of the river and its banks is continuing, assisted by police divers and dog handlers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, either via our online portal here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363720N59-PO1 or by calling 101.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org