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Discovery of Skeletal Remains

Discovery of Skeletal Remains in St Osyth identified as William 'Bill' Long

Appeal for Information relating to the discovery of Remains Identified as William 'Bill' Long

Officers investigating the discovery of skeletal remains in St Osyth three years ago are now able to identify the man they belong to as William ‘Bill’ Long.

A skeleton had been found by a site work at a scrapyard near to Cockett Wick Lane on 25 April 2019.

Extensive investigations have taken place in the three years since the discovery to try and identify who the skeleton was.

We are now able to confirm he was Bill Long, from Great Bentley, who would now be aged in his 70's.

Our focus is now on how Bill came to be where his remains were found, the circumstances which led up to his death, and when he died.

Through our enquiries, we believe he was last seen or believed to be alive between March 1999 and March 2000.

At this stage his death is being treated as a Homicide, but we're keeping an open mind about what happened to him.

Detective Inspector Kevin Hughes, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “The process to identify Bill has been measured and methodical.

“Bill’s family have been told and they now have the chance to lay him to rest.

“They have questions about what happened to him and our focus now is to get them answers.

“We’re keeping an open mind as to what happened to Bill and how he came to be where he was found.

“I need anyone who knew Bill, saw him, spoke to him or has any information about him or his life at the time he was last seen to come forward and speak to my team.”

Bill’s sister Patricia said: “After our father died in 1996, we lost contact with Bill and we’re desperate for information about what happened to him.

“He was vulnerable and an easy target for scammers and we feel so guilty that we didn’t go back to Jaywick to make sure he was ok.

“The next thing we knew was when detectives came and told us Bill's remains had been found.

“It’s so difficult to deal with grief and guilt when we don't know what happened.

“If you are afraid and want to remain anonymous this can be arranged. Please help us with anything you know.”


Contact Information

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