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The remains found in the reserve were identified as a local man, 34 years old, who went missing 5 years ago

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.

James was 34 years old at the time of his disappearance

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James was 34 years old at the time of his disappearanceCredit: MEN Media
His devastated mother Christine Hodgkiss has expressed emotion for his return after he disappeared

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His devastated mother Christine Hodgkiss has expressed emotion for his return after he disappearedCredit: MEN Media

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.

James Hodgkiss was reported missing in 2016

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James Hodgkiss was reported missing in 2016Credit: SWNS
Officers were called after human remains were found

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Officers were called after human remains were foundCredit: MEN Media
Police are continuing to scour the swamp for any other evidence

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Police are continuing to scour the swamp for any other evidenceCredit: MEN Media

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