A man has been jailed for life for the murder of a Bristol man who sparked a missing person inquiry.
The body of Lloyd Samuels, 68, from Hotwells, was discovered in Swindon last June.
Paul Burrows, 48, of Banwell Avenue, Swindon, pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court to serve a minimum of 12 years in prison.
Det Insp Joe Goff said: "The murder of Mr Samuels was a ruthless and wicked crime."
Mr Samuels' disappearance on 16 May last year led to a series of appeals for information by the police. His body was discovered on 4 June.
Det Insp Goff, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "Obviously, the murder of Lloyd Samuels has been shocking and devastating for his family - and our thoughts are with them today.
"We are pleased that Paul Burrows decided to admit his guilt and not subject the family to a long and contested trial, and we are satisfied with the sentence that has taken this man out of normal society."
- 6 June 2010
- 4 June 2010