Missing person case is linked to remains find

Ron Hopper went missing from Eastbourne in 2006
Ron Hopper went missing from Eastbourne in 2006

THE DISCOVERY of human remains in a Norfolk forest is being linked to the unsolved disappearance of a man from Eastbourne five years ago.

Police believe the remains are those of Ron Hopper, who was 26 when he went missing from his lodgings in Sidley Road in February 2006.

Mr Hopper was last seen when he left the property to cycle to the town centre.

He left without any belongings and has not been seen since.

In 2008 Mr Hopper’s brother renewed his appeal for information through the Missing Persons helpline and said the family was worried they still had not heard from him and said it was unlike him not to let someone know that he was alright.

The remains were discovered by a member of the public in an isolated area of Thetford Forest on Friday night.

Officers from Norfolk Constabulary carried out a detailed search of the area and confirmed this week the incident was not being treated as suspicious.

A police spokesperson said Mr Hopper’s family had been contacted and formal identification procedures are expected to take about a week.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Firm said, “We are working with our colleagues in Sussex in order to establish the identity of the remains.

“The next of kin of the missing person have been informed and we are not treating the death as suspicious at this stage.”