Murderer to be asked: 'Where is body?'

CONVICTED killer Michael Harvey is today set to be quizzed one last time in a bid to find where he dumped Ian Halls' body parts. Murder detectives are planning to take the highly unusual step of question the 51-year-old from his prison cell in the hope he will reveal where the missing remains were discarded.

CONVICTED killer Michael Harvey is today set to be quizzed one last time in a bid to find where he dumped Ian Halls' body parts.

Murder detectives are planning to take the highly unusual step of question the 51-year-old from his prison cell in the hope he will reveal where the missing remains were discarded.

Mr Halls' torso, arms and upper right leg have never been found, despite extensive searches of waterways around the country.

Although he admitted the murder of the Ipswich man, the 51-year-old has remained tight-lipped about where he dumped his remains.

Detective superintendent Stewart Gull, who led the murder probe, said: "We do propose to re-engage him. He has shown no empathy at all. But we do hope that he will talk to us because there are clearly a number of outstanding matters.

"He knows where the torso, both arms and the upper right leg are."

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Mr Gull said the motivation behind the move is to help the grieving process of Mr Halls' relatives.

"The family have cremated the body parts we have found but obviously they know there are bits that have still not been found," he said.

This latest round of questioning of Harvey, formerly of Northdown Avenue, Manchester, is likely to represent detectives' last opportunity to solve the mystery.

It is thought the body parts were dumped around January and February of last year.

As well as telling them where the body parts were dumped, police would also like answers to a number of others matters that can only be explained by the killer.

Mr Gull said: "We hope he may be able to offer some explanation about his past, his notes and how he murdered Mr Halls.

"I don't believe his explanation that he killed him with a single knife wound."

The recovered body parts of Mr Halls were found in Lincolnshire's River Witham and the Ransome Road Lake, in Northampton.

Several unsuccessful searches of other waterways were also mounted, including those in the Peterborough and Newark areas.

Last month Harvey was sentenced to life behind bars, with a recommendation he serve a minimum of 29 years.

Immediately after Harvey's guilty plea, detectives asked him if he would reveal where he dumped the missing body parts. He said he could not remember.

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