Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire human remain tests 'inconclusive'

Sylwia Ciapcinska
Image caption Sylwia Ciapcinska was last seen on 20 July

Tests on human remains, believed to be those of missing woman Sylwia Ciapcinska, 24, have proved inconclusive.

The remains, found close to Ferry Bridge in Burton-upon-Trent, were found by a member of the public on Friday.

Police said a post-mortem examination did not establish a cause of death. Personal items found nearby lead police to believe it is Ms Ciapcinska.

She was last seen on 20 July in the Octagon shopping centre in the town.

Tomasz Sobczak, 29, of Ash Street, has been charged with her murder and will appear in court on 8 October.

Ch Supt Mick Harrison, of Staffordshire Police, said detectives strongly believed the body was that of Ms Ciapcinska but further medical tests are needed to confirm this.

The area where the remains were found is likely to remain cordoned off for the next few days.

She had arrived in the UK on 2 July and planned to stay for about a year to earn money to help her to buy a home in Poland.

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