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Lancashire Constabulary - Murder of Darren Carley

Detectives are appealing for information about the murder of Darren Carley. His skeleton was found in Lancashire over 15 years ago

Details of Incident

DETECTIVES investigating the discovery of a man’s skeleton in Chorley have identified him – more than 15 years after he was found.

The human bones were discovered on farmland in Charnock Richard, near Chorley on 26th July 2002.  

The find kick-started a major murder investigation to try and establish the identity of the dead man and that of his potential killer or killers but who he was has remained a mystery, until now. 

Advances in DNA have now allowed police to identify the body as Darren Carley who went missing from his home in Swindon in January 2002 aged 24.

The facts – what we know 

- Darren was reported missing to Wiltshire Police in January 2002. He was 24 at the time.

- His last reported sighting was in Swindon shortly after midnight on 25th January 2002. He was believed to be wearing white tracksuit bottoms  with black stripes, a burnt orange fleece and white trainers at the time.    

- He had links to the West Midlands and Gloucester.

- Darren’s skeleton was found in Charnock Richard, near Chorley – some 190 miles from his home – on 26th July 2002.  

Witness appeal:

Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Hurst, from Lancashire Constabulary’s Force Major Investigation Team, said:

“First and foremost my thoughts are with Darren’s family. For more than 15 years they have been left desperately searching for answers following his disappearance and I hope that the fact that he has now finally been identified and returned to them will offer them some peace.”

“While I appreciate Darren went missing some time ago I would ask the public to cast their minds back to 2002 – the year when Manchester hosted the Commonwealth Games. We would like to hear from anyone that saw or met Darren at this time. Equally if you have any information which could help with our investigation or piecing together his final movements.” 

“We have a six month gap between him being reported missing and his body being found and we’re appealing for anyone who had contact with him between January and July 2002 to come forward.”

“Any information, no matter how small, could prove to be significant.”












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