Police check new leads after Bolney torso television appeal

POLICE are checking new leads into the 1991 Bolney torso murder riddle after a nationwide television appeal.

Latest DNA techniques used after the body was exhumed helped detectives give an updated description of the handless and headless body found at Broxmead Lane near the A23 at Bolney 18 years ago.

Millions of BBC Crimewatch viewers (Nov 12) heard the man was now thought to be of possible Eastern European origin or may be a British man who had spent time there.

Det Supt Andy Griffiths of Sussex Police said after the appeal: "We have had some interesting calls, some about missing people from the time, some with military connections."

He also said: "There is a family out there that has lost a son, and the people responsible have never been brought to justice.

"But now huge developments in science mean we are a step closer to finding the truth."

The man is thought to be in his mid 30s, about 5ft 6ins tall, and was healthy and strong before he was killed. He had been circumsized and had a star-shape mark on his outside right thigh.

A blue shirt with a motif and turned up trousers bought from Fosters are other clues.

The body of the man has been re-buried since the latest examinations.

At one time it was thought a gang with German connections might have been linked with the death but that was never substantiated.

He is buried locally simply as the "unknown male."