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Police say they know identity of man found dead in Woolpit

PUBLISHED: 16:51 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:56 03 January 2018

Elmswell Road in Woolpit was cordoned off as police investigated the scene of an unexplained death.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Elmswell Road in Woolpit was cordoned off as police investigated the scene of an unexplained death. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Detectives have managed to identify a man found dead at the side of the road in Woolpit two days after his body was discovered.

Elmswell Road in Woolpit remains cordoned off as police investigate the scene of an unexplained death.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNElmswell Road in Woolpit remains cordoned off as police investigate the scene of an unexplained death. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Police were sent to the village at 1.50pm on January 1 to reports a body had been found at the side of Elmswell Road.

Detectives now believe they know who the man is and formal identification procedures are underway.

A post-mortem is due to take place on Friday.

As an investigation into the man’s unexplained death continues, police are issuing a further appeal for witnesses.

Detectives are urging anyone with information about the discovery to come forward.

A police spokesman said: “Officers investigating the circumstances are keen to hear from any witnesses who may have any information that could assist.

“The deceased man is described as white, elderly, approximately 5 foot tall with short, fair hair, clean shaven and wore a hearing aid.

“He was wearing a green coat and black jogging style trousers with dark shoes.”

Elmswell Road is now back open after police searches caused it to close for approximately 48 hours.

Call police on 101 quoting incident number 301 of January 1 with information.

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