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Human Remains Found In Woodland Are DJ Derek, DNA Tests Confirm

Britain's oldest DJ was last seen in July 2015.

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Human remains found in woodland outside Bristol are missing DJ Derek Serpell-Morris, otherwise known as DJ Derek, DNA tests have shown.

Avon and Somerset police said Serpell-Morris' family had been informed and the force's "thoughts remain with them at this very difficult time".

A spokesperson added: "A post-mortem examination carried out earlier this week was inconclusive and further tests are being progressed, but we're not treating Derek's death as suspicious."

DNA tests have confirmed that human remains found in #Patchway are of #missing 73y/o Derek Serpell-Morris.

Police had already said they believed the remains, found last week by a member of the public in Cribbs Causeway, were those of the 73-year-old, known as Britain's oldest DJ.

Serpell-Morris was last seen leaving the Criterion Pub in Bristol in the early hours of 11 July 2015, and he was reported missing 12 days later.

Speaking to the Bristol Post last week, Serpell-Morris's great-niece Jennifer Griffiths said his family had been fearing the worst since human remains were found.

"As soon as I heard the news last night I was convinced it was him," she said. "I have spoken to the rest of the family.

"In a way it would be closure for us if this was Derek but at the same time it would be awful, it would be the worst-case scenario.

"He used to get the bus to Cribbs Causeway all the time and we always felt that he could have ended up around that area.

"It just feels that we wasted all that time looking in the wrong places when he was there all the time."

Matthew Champion is a deputy world news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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