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Tuesday, 19 June, 2001, 14:10 GMT 15:10 UK
Dartmoor murder inquiry launched
Dartmoor
Dartmoor has been closed because of foot-and-mouth
A murder inquiry has been launched after the discovery of a badly burnt body on part of Dartmoor which has been closed off because of foot-and-mouth disease.

A man's remains were found in a ditch near the village of Clearbrook in Devon a quarter of a mile off the A386 between Plymouth and Tavistock.

The area has been cordoned off by the police, and a fingertip search is being conducted.

The body had been partly dismembered and the gender was only determined after a post mortem examination was carried out at a hospital in Exeter on Tuesday.

Devon and Cornwall police said further details from the post mortem were due to be released at a news conference at force headquarters in Exeter on Wednesday morning.

Police spokesman John Wood said: "At the moment we have no idea where the body has come from."

Sealed off

Police were alerted by a call from a member of the public on Monday night.

Officers stayed on the scene overnight to make sure that any potential forensic evidence lay undisturbed.

The discovery has shocked local people.

Peter Wing, who runs Rosehill Guest House in Clearbrook, said: "Until the ninth of this month the area has been sealed off and nobody has been able to walk on the moor.

"We do not know really what's happened."

A police incident room has been set up at Crownhill police station in Plymouth.

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