BONES was found in a nature reserve linked to a local man who disappeared five years ago.
The remains have been identified as James Hodgkiss, of Bolton, Greater Manchester, who was reported missing in 2016.
Police were called to an area near Future Park in Horwich, shortly before 3pm on January 24, following a report that bones had been discovered.
James was last seen driving a black carry-on bag on Weston Street
in the Great Lever on the morning of August 3, 2016.
An extensive missing person investigation was launched at that time but
34 years old can not locate.
An investigation is underway to determine the cause of death.
Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and a report had been prepared for the coroner.
The James family is being supported by specialist officers.
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Detective Chief Inspector Paul Rollinson, GMP County Bolton, said: “Our thoughts go out to James’ family and friends at this extremely difficult time.
“We now ask that their privacy be respected as they accept this news.
“At the time of James’ disappearance, an extensive investigation into the missing person was initiated, with several searches conducted, as well as financial, CCTV and social media investigations conducted. presently.
“Sadly, this is not the news many were hoping for.
“However, our investigation will continue to determine the full circumstances and provide the answers his family is looking for.”
Detectives began their investigation after bones were discovered in a nature reserve and scoured the former Red Moss reserve after the horrifying discovery.
The reserve is a large marsh next to Middlebrook Retail Park and behind the Horwich Loco Works estate, which is soon set to become a massive housing development.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8299385/remains-nature-reserve-local-man/ The remains found in the reserve were identified as a local man, 34 years old, who went missing 5 years ago