Ipswich building site skeleton is missing Walter French

Two men, one with a camera, overlooking the site where skeletal remains were found on Valley Road, Ipswich
Image caption The bones were found on land off Valley Road

Skeletal remains found on a building site in Ipswich have been identified as a 65-year-old man who disappeared 25 years ago.

Walter French, of Kensington Road, Ipswich, was reported missing on 7 July 1986.

Workers discovered his remains in October while clearing a site in Valley Road for a housing development.

Police said Mr French's death was not thought to have been suspicious.

Det Ch Insp Neil Luckett, of Suffolk Police, said: "A post mortem examination has taken place but we cannot confirm the cause of Walter's death.

"The death is currently being treated as unexplained. However, there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances and a file will now be prepared for the coroner.

"We continue to liaise with the family of Walter and appreciate their patience and assistance during this difficult time."

The remains were identified as belonging to a man following forensic archaeologist and anthropologist tests.

Officers then checked the details against missing person cases from recent years.

Tests have confirmed the remains belonged to Mr French, who was 65 when he was reported missing.

The site where Mr French's remains were found is about a mile away from his home address at the time of his disappearance.

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