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DJ Derek: Tests confirm remains belong to pensioner

Derek Serpell-Morris, 73, aka as DJ Derek
Image caption Police say human remains found in woodland near Bristol are missing pensioner DJ Derek

Human remains found in a wooded area near Bristol are those of pensioner Derek Serpell-Morris, known as DJ Derek, police have confirmed.

DNA tests were carried out on the remains - found close to The Mall, Cribbs Causeway - after a post-mortem examination proved inconclusive.

Avon and Somerset Police said they were not treating his death as suspicious.

The 73-year-old went missing in July, sparking a high-profile campaign to find him.

Decomposed remains were found in undergrowth by a member of the public on 10 March.

Image caption Flowers and candles were left at the place where the remains of Mr Serpell-Morris were found

DJ Derek, a former accountant, was known to thousands of music fans and played hundreds of sets at local clubs and pubs, as well as at the Glastonbury festival.

He was a resident of St Pauls in Bristol since 1978 and appeared at gigs across the UK, including the Big Chill.

He also worked with Massive Attack and appeared in a Dizzee Rascal video.

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