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Vinny Derrick: Human remains are missing man

Vinny Derrick
Image caption Vinny Derrick went missing after a night out in Manchester

Human remains found beneath a motorway flyover in Stockport have been identified as a man missing since 2003.

The remains of Vinny Derrick, from Partington, Greater Manchester, were found near junction 3 of the M60 near Cheadle at 11:45 GMT on Wednesday.

Police said he was identified by dental records.

Mr Derrick, originally from Leicestershire, had been on a work night out in Manchester when he was last seen on 30 August 2003.

After a night at Jabez Clegg in the city centre, he called his boss to tell her he was getting a taxi to her house where he was due to stay the night.

He never arrived and it was thought he got out of the taxi near the A34 in Handforth.

'Many more questions'

It is not yet known how he died or if there were any suspicious circumstances.

The scene is being examined and there is likely to be a police presence at the location for several days.

Det Ch Insp Sara Wallwork, of Stockport CID, said: "Vinny's family have spent more than eight painful years wondering what happened to him and we have specially trained officers supporting them at this difficult time.

"I am aware that they will have many more questions that need answering and we will work as quickly as we can to provide them.

"We are expecting to be at the scene throughout Friday and possibly beyond. The work that needs to be done cannot be rushed and must be done carefully and with integrity.

"After that we need to establish how Vinny died and came to be at the location."

Mr Derrick grew up in Castle Donington, Leicestershire, and his wife and child currently live in Long Eaton, Derbyshire.

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