COUNTY NEWS: Body parts found in river identified as missing man

The remains of a body found close to the mouth of a Sussex river have been identified as that of a missing man.

Martin Pepperell SUS-151126-145838001
Martin Pepperell SUS-151126-145838001

The body, which was recovered from the River Cuckmere at Exceat on November 15, is confirmed to be that of missing Martin Pepperell, from Brighton.

A limb recovered from the beach at Cuckmere Haven, east of Seaford, on November 9, has also been identified as a remain of Mr Pepperell.

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The 50-year-old was reported missing from his home in Pelham Square, Brighton at 4.30pm on Thursday, October 8.

Following enquiries, a search was carried out in the Seaford Head area at the time of disappearance with officers being supported by coastguards and a police helicopter. Nothing was found.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and is being dealt with by the coroner’s officer.

Detective Inspector Neil Ralph said: “Sadly the remains found have been identified through dental records as that of Martin Pepperell.”

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