Revealed: human remains found in Portsmouth are of man in middle age

  • Investigators are not ruling out suspicious circumstances
  • Body is that of man ‘well into his middle age’
  • Post-mortem carried out has proved inconclusive

DETECTIVES investigating human remains found near a Portsmouth petrol station have said they cannot rule out foul play.

A post-mortem carried out on the decomposed body, found by a construction worker at the Tesco petrol garage in North Harbour on Wednesday, has proved inconclusive.

But police have revealed the remains are that of a man well into his middle age.

No evidence has been found to suggest the death is suspicious but officers are not ruling it out at this early stage.

The construction worker, involved in the new McDonald’s near Tesco in Clement Atlee Way in Portsmouth, found the body after following rabbits he was watching.

He told The News of his shock at finding the body, and said: ‘It was very shocking; certainly the most shocking thing I’ve ever seen in this job.’

A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘The cause of death is unascertained. While there is no evidence to suggest the death is suspicious, investigations are still in their early stages and this cannot be ruled out yet. The examination revealed that the remains are that of a man well into middle age. Work around identifying the deceased continues.’

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting Operation Service.