Suitcases ‘containing human remains’ found on Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol

A manhunt has been launched after two suitcases filled with human remains were left on the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.

Police said they were called to the hospital following reports of a suspicious man on the bridge at 11:57pm on Wednesday.

Officers arrived within ten minutes, but the man had already left, leaving behind a suitcase. A second suitcase was found a short time later.

Both finds are believed to contain human remains.

Avon and Somerset Police said its “urgent priority” was to locate the man and identify his remains.

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Bristol District Chief Constable Vicks Hayward-Melen said: “This is a deeply disturbing incident and I fully recognise the concerns it will cause across our communities.

“The investigation is being led by our Serious Crime Investigation Team, with specialists and staff from across our organisation taking part.

“Our immediate priority is to find the man who took the suitcases onto the bridge, identify the deceased and notify next of kin.

“Specialist officers are ready to provide them with all the support they need.”

She added: “Following the discovery of the suitcases, an immediate search of the area was carried out by officers on the ground with support from the National Police Air Service and HM Coastguard. These searches are still ongoing.

“Initial enquiries indicate the man was taken to the bridge by taxi. The vehicle has been seized and the driver is assisting us with our enquiries.

“Specialist crime scene investigators are currently examining the bridge and surrounding area. The bridge will remain closed while the investigation continues.”

An autopsy will take place on Thursday.

Roads around the historic bridge, which links Clifton in Bristol with Leigh Woods in North Somerset, remain closed while detectives search the area.

Investigators dressed in white jumpsuits worked behind a police cordon near the bridge.

The Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre is closed due to police activity, its operators said on social media.

The Grade I listed monument, which spans the Avon Gorge, was designed by renowned Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened in 1864.

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