Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Murder Style Inquiry' Follows Grimfind

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Murder Style Inquiry' Follows Grimfind

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Byline: Matthew Pardo

Detectives today confirmed that a murder-style investigation is underway after the grisly discovery of a body in Teesside woodland.

The decomposing body was found by a dog walker in the Starvation Plantation copse near Old Nunthorpe Village yesterday at lunchtime.

The body was discovered under a pile of rotting logs.

So far detectives have been unable to identify the body.

Forensic experts advised detectives to leave the body - believed to

be that of a man - until it could be moved in daylight today.

A full post mortem will be carried out by a Home Office pathologist later today.

Today, villager Freddie Helm told how he noticed a foul smell coming from the woods last week, while he was out walking his dog.

"I was up there with my girlfriend and she said 'God, what's that stink?' as we came close to the woods," he said.

"We got a whiff of something - we thought it was just a dead rabbit.

"But we didn't go into the wood to see what it was, because the signs say keep out and we never go in those woods."

Detectives said today they were treating it as a 'suspicious death', but stressed the inquiry was not yet being classed as murder.

Twenty officers are involved in the investigation.

"We believe the body could have been there for at least a week and maybe much longer," said Detective Inspector Karnail Dulku, the officer leading the inquiry. We're aware that while it isn't a public footpath the track is often used by the public.

"We would like to hear from anyone who has been in the area in the last four weeks or anyone who has seen anyone up there acting suspiciously.

"Officers have been up there guarding the scene all night and that will continue until the body is moved.

"A couple of people with family and friends who have been missing for some time have contacted us after seeing a body has been discovered. …

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