Police confirm body found is murdered David Guilfoyle

David Guilfoyle David Guilfoyle was last seen leaving the Grey Horse Pub in Accrington

Police have confirmed a body found in Lancashire woods is that of murdered David Guilfoyle.

Detectives searched woods in Bolton-by-Bowland after a confession from Shane Fitzpatrick, who was convicted of the murder in July 2006.

A body was found on Friday and a post-mortem examination on Tuesday confirmed it was Mr Guilfoyle of Accrington.

Fitzpatrick, 42, of Hapton, Burnley, was jailed for life for killing the 37-year-old at his home in 2005.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "This development means that David's body can now be returned to his family and they can finally bury him with the dignity that he deserves."

Trail of blood

The search of the area started on Thursday after Fitzpatrick, who had previously denied murdering Mr Guilfoyle, confessed to killing him while in prison.

Fitzpatrick told officers he had buried the body in a shallow grave in woods in the early hours following the murder.

Mr Guilfoyle disappeared after leaving the Grey Horse pub in Whalley Road, Accrington, after the European Champions League Final.

Despite the absence of a body police found a trail of Mr Guilfoyle's blood at his home in Royds Avenue.

Prosecutors told the court Fitzpatrick killed Mr Guilfoyle out of revenge after he began seeing his former wife.

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