Remains found near M54 in Shropshire are identified

Surjit Takhar Image copyright Missing People
Image caption Surjit Takhar was last seen by his family on 29 September, 2008

A man whose remains were discovered near a Shropshire motorway slip road has been formally identified.

Surjit Takhar's remains were found by maintenance workers at the bottom of an embankment at junction 4 of the M54 in Telford on 20 August.

He was last seen by his family on 29 September 2008, and was reported missing from his home in Oldbury, West Midlands, on 8 October.

His cause of death is unknown. Police said they were keeping an "open mind".

West Mercia Police said it had been able to establish a full DNA profile following detailed forensic searches.

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After further analysis of the DNA and of Mr Takhar's dental records, it was able to formally identify him.

Det Ch Insp Neil Jamieson, who is leading the investigation, said the force was "pursuing other lines of inquiry to establish what has happened".

The force had been working closely with West Midlands Police.

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