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Friday, 11 March 2016

Human remains 'probably missing DJ Derek'

Police "strongly believe" human remains found north of Bristol are those of missing Derek Serpell-Morris, known as DJ Derek.

The badly decomposed remains were found on Thursday afternoon in undergrowth close to The Mall, Cribbs Causeway.

Although not yet formally identified, police believe it is him "due to personal items found at the scene".

The 73-year-old went missing in July 2015 and there has been a high-profile campaign to find him.

Mr Serpell-Morris' family has been notified of the latest development.

His nephew, Steve Griffiths, said the person who found his body has done "a great deal to help our family heal".

"I've got pictures [of Derek] all over the wall and I'm constantly thinking of him."

Det Chf Insp Matthew Iddon said: "This is a very distressing time for Derek's family who've been carrying out an exhaustive campaign to locate him and raise awareness of his disappearance and our thoughts are very much with them.

"We're not able to confirm any more details until the post-mortem examination and formal identification procedures have been carried out."

He was last seen leaving the Criterion Pub in St Pauls, Bristol, in the early hours of 11 July 2015 and was reported missing on 23 July.


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