Dorset

Bournemouth body in tree 'thought to be suicide'

Dog team at Meyrick Park Golf Club
Image caption A specialist dog team from South Wales was brought in to help with the investigation

Police investigating the discovery of human remains in a tree in Bournemouth have said they believe the death to be suicide.

A dog discovered an arm at Meyrick Park Golf Club on Monday. The following day, more body parts were found.

Police said the body was so badly decomposed it was not possible to determine if it was male or female.

It is thought to have been on the golf course for several months. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Formal identification has not yet taken place.

Image caption Dorset Police said the incident was not being treated as suspicious

The remains of the arm and hand were discovered by the dog in a wooded area near the fourth hole on Monday.

On Tuesday, more body parts were found 40ft (12m) up a tree in a "secluded wooded area off the main golf course".

The discovery came after a specialist team of sniffer dogs from South Wales Police were brought in to help the investigation.

Det Insp Mark Samuel said the force was "keeping an open mind" and unsolved missing persons reports were being investigated.

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