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Murder investigation in Dorchester - Update


The 47-year-old man from Dorchester and the 69-year-old man from Weymouth, arrested on suspicion of murder, have been released from bail without charge.

A 43-year-old man from Dorchester – arrested on suspicion of murder – remains on bail in a secure hospital.

Issued: 24 June 2015


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A man found dead at an address in Dorchester has today been named by detectives – with officers appealing for information about his recent movements.

At around 9.50pm on Tuesday 26 May 2015, police discovered the body of a man in a property along The Grove.

The man has been formally identified as Elliot Handley, 46, and of Eastleigh.

His next of kin have been informed and are being kept updated by specially-trained officers. The coroner has also been notified.

A murder investigation, led by detectives from Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT), is underway.

He was last seen in Truro, Cornwall on Thursday 21 May 2015. Police believe he then made his way to Dorset.

He is described as white, of slim build and average height and clean shaven with short dark hair. He had a tattoo on both arms.

He was possibly wearing a light brown jumper over a blue/green T-shirt and a black padded jacket on top. He was also likely to be carrying a blue North Face rucksack with yellow straps and an acoustic guitar.

Detectives are urging anyone with knowledge of Elliot Handley’s recent movements to come forward.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Neil Devoto, of Dorset Police’s MCIT, said: “Enquiries are still underway as we try to establish the exact circumstances leading up to Elliot’s death.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have seen Elliot between Thursday 21 May and Tuesday 26 May 2015, or had recent contact with him, to contact me urgently.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in The Grove on the evening of Tuesday 26 May 2015, or who has any other information that could be useful, as soon as possible. Please call 101, quoting Op Brisk

“All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”

A 43-year-old man from Dorchester – arrested on the evening of Tuesday 26 May 2015, on suspicion of murder – has been bailed to a secure hospital.

A 47-year-old man from Dorchester and a 69-year-old man from Weymouth were also arrested on suspicion of murder on the morning of Wednesday 27 May 2015. Both men have been bailed until mid-June 2015.

A cordon has been put in place at the scene in The Grove and is expected to remain in place for some time while crime scene investigators carry out a thorough examination of the scene.

Officers are also carrying out enquiries in the area.

Due to Dorset Police having had prior contact with people involved, the Force has referred the circumstances leading to the murder to the IPCC for review.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting Operation Brisk. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 28 May 2015

Elliot Handley