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UK police find body believed to be missing man near other human remains

UK police find body believed to be missing man near other human remains

Police searching woodland for a missing man have discovered what they believe to be his body - and a second set of human remains just 200 metres away.

The two bodies were located on the coastal path in Petitor Woods in Torquay, Devon, where recent landslide activity can be seen.

Officers first found the human remains - believed to have been there for a considerable period of time - at 8.45pm on Tuesday.

They discovered a second body, believed to be missing man David Cauldwell, 39, at about 8.10am on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed there is no link between the two bodies found at the site.

"David Cauldwell's family have been informed of the developments but formal identification has not yet taken place," the force spokeswoman said.

"The area has been cordoned off and a full investigation is being carried out to establish the circumstances of both deaths.

"Support will be offered to families and friends when the identities have been confirmed."

It is understood police believe they know the identity of the human remains thanks to an item discovered where they were found.

Mr Cauldwell, from Torquay, was reported missing to police on May 22.

He was last seen leaving the Artful Dodger pub in Teignmouth Road in Torquay at around midnight on May 21.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Group and police specialist search teams have been involved in searching for Mr Cauldwell since his disappearance.