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Body parts are from Ipswich man

PUBLISHED: 13:21 20 May 2004 | UPDATED: 04:54 02 March 2010

FORENSIC examinations have today revealed that the body parts found in a Northampton Lake are those of Ipswich man Ian Halls.

DNA testing has confirmed that the lower right leg and foot found in Ransome Road lake on May 10 belong to the dead 63-year-old.

FORENSIC examinations have today revealed that the body parts found in a Northampton Lake are those of Ipswich man Ian Halls.

DNA testing has confirmed that the lower right leg and foot found in Ransome Road lake on May 10 belong to the dead 63-year-old.

Mr Halls, a former librarian, was reported missing from his home at Tower Mill Road by family members on January 29.

A police sniffer-dog, specialist search officers, a police helicopter and divers were all called in to sweep the lake and its surroundings after the find.

Further parts, believed to be a human lower left leg and foot, were recovered from the lake on May 14. These are also believed to belong to Mr Halls and will be examined by a pathologist and DNA tested to confirm this.

The latest finds follow the discovery of Mr Halls' head hands and left thigh in Lincolnshire's River Witham in March.

Michael Harvey, 50, of North Down Avenue, Manchester, was charged with Mr Halls' murder on February 9 and will face trial at Ipswich Crown Court in August.


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