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Wednesday, 20 June, 2001, 12:40 GMT 13:40 UK
Dartmoor murder details emerge
Police
The area around the culvert has been sealed off
Murder squad detectives say a chainsaw may have been used to dismember the badly-burnt remains of a man found on Dartmoor.

It is believed the man may have been killed by a blow with a sharp instrument to the back of the head.

His remains were found hidden in a culvert near the village of Clearbrook between Plymouth and Yelverton.

Police say the man was white, aged 50 to 60, about five feet six inches tall with stocky build and short brown hair.

Police on Dartmoor
Detailed searches of the area are continuing

Devon and Cornwall Police revealed the new information about the case at a news conference on Wednesday.

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

The body was discovered by a couple out walking their dog on Monday.

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."

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