Police identify ‘body parts’ murder victim after two people arrested

By Calvin Palmer

The man whose body parts were found scattered over two English counties was today identified as Jeffrey Howe from north London.

Police have arrested two people in connection with the murder of Howe, a 49-year-old British caucasian.

The pair, a 37-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman, were detained in Southgate, north London, on Tuesday, after a call to the police incident room prompted by appeals for information on the case.

Howe’s legs, arms, head and torso were discovered in Hertfordshire and Leicestershire during the past few weeks. The only parts of his body yet to be found are his hands.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Hanlon, from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire major crime unit, said: “Extensive work has been carried out in relation to this murder investigation and I can confirm today that two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

“The two arrested were detained at an address in north London. They remain in custody at a police station in Hertfordshire at this time.

“We believe we have identified the victim of the murder and specialist officers are currently working closely with the family.”

The murder inquiry started on March 22 when a left leg and a foot were found in a green holdall by a dog walker at the A507 lay-by in Cottered, Hertfordshire.

On March 29, an arm, dismembered at the elbow and wrist, was discovered on a grass verge in Wheathampstead, about a 40-minute drive from Cottered.

Two days later, in Asfordby, Leicestershire — about 95 miles from Wheathampstead via the M1 and A606 — a head was discovered by a farmer.

The right leg was found by a motorist near the A10 Puckeridge bypass in Hertfordshire on April 7.

Then on April 11 a badly decomposed torso, the fifth piece of the gruesome jigsaw, was spotted by a walker in Gore Lane, near the old A10 in Standon, east Hertfordshire.

Police believe that all the body parts may have been dumped on the same day, two days before the first limb was discovered.

[Based on a report by The Times.]

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