Hertfordshire body parts murder: More information released

POLICE have today (Friday) released new information about the 'human jigsaw' murder victim to help identify him.The victim, whose body parts have been found scattered across Hertfordshire and Leicestershire, had dark hair and suffered a fracture to his

POLICE have today (Friday) released new information about the "human jigsaw" murder victim to help identify him.

The victim, whose body parts have been found scattered across Hertfordshire and Leicestershire, had dark hair and suffered a fracture to his collarbone.

Experts have also narrowed his height down to between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 10ins and say he would have been of stocky build or may have been overweight.

Detectives are also releasing images of a replica green suitcase in which the torso was found on Saturday in Standon, near Ware.


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The suitcase was from the same Gullivers range as the holdall that contained the left leg, the first discovery, in Cottered, near Baldock, on March 22.

The Gullivers range is believed to have been sold through the Mister Minit key cutting and shoe repair outlet before it was taken over by the Timpsons chain.

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The bags come in a set of six and may have been purchased up to six to eight years ago.

Both bags had attached a solid brass padlock that was not part of the original set.

Detective chief inspector Michael Hanlon, from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, is heading the investigation from police HQ in Stanborough Road, WGC.

He said: "We are working tirelessly to identify the victim of this terrible crime, and have widened our search to look at all missing persons in the country.

"Although we are methodically working through these reports, it may be our victim hasn't been reported as missing so I would strongly urge anyone who believes they know who this victim is, based on the detailed description we have given, to contact police immediately.

"Identifying the victim to this horrendous crime will prove a major development in our investigation so it is vital that anyone who has information should make contact.

"You can give information in the strictest of confidence via the incident room 01707 354432."

DESCRIPTION:

The victim...

*was aged from mid 40s to early 60s

*was of large build, weighing between 16 and 17 stone.

*was of white, Asian or mixed heritage

*was between 5ft 8in and 5ft 10in

*had two of his top front teeth missing, believed to have been missing for a couple of years.

*did not have any tattoos or scars

*suffered from eczema which caused a "bleaching effect" on his left ankle and had a fungal infection which caused his little toenails to curl under.

* suffered a fracture to his lower left leg between the ages of 10 and 25 which would have required a cast.

A clay reconstruction of the victim's face is set to be released by police next week, in a bid to help identify him.

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