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Bones discovered on M5 are human

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Police have confirmed that the bones found in a bag by a motorway near Bristol, were human

Police have confirmed bones found in a bag at the side of the M5 motorway near Bristol are human.

A motorway workman made the discovery at junction 14, near Thornbury, at lunchtime on Monday.

Officers had been treating the find as "very suspicious", but on Tuesday confirmed the bones were human.

Examinations are continuing at the site before the bones are removed and taken to a laboratory to be examined in greater detail by experts.

Det Insp Richard Budd talks to the BBC's Scott Ellis

The remains include arm and leg bones, a pelvis and a skull.

Detective Inspector Richard Budd of Avon and Somerset Police said: "We're in the process of recovering the bones and they'll be taken to a laboratory where they'll be subject to a much more intensive investigation to try to determine who this person is.

"We have bones that have been scattered around as well as their presence in a black bin liner.

"The questions I want answered are, 'Who is this?' and 'How did that body come to be there?'.

"Also whether it's been buried there or just deposited on the surface.

"We are dealing with it as a suspicious death, but it's too early to say whether in fact any crime has been committed."



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