THE discovery of human remains by a dog walker in an area of woodland has sparked a police investigation.
The discovery was made in an isolated area of Thetford Forest near Mundford by a member of the public at about 7.45pm on Saturday.
Police were called to the scene soon after and carried out a detailed search of the area on Sunday.
They later confirmed that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
It is believed that the remains are those of a missing person from Eastbourne, Sussex.
Police have not confirmed the identity of the man, but it is believed to be Ron Hopper, who went missing in February 2006.
The next of kin of the missing person have been informed and police say formal identification procedures are expected to take about a week.
Detective Chief inspector Neil Firm, of Norfolk Police, said: “We are working with our colleagues in Sussex in order to establish the identity of the remains.
“The next of kin of the missing person have been informed and we are not treating the death as suspicious at this stage.”
Mr Hopper is described as being 5ft 7ins with fair, thinning hair.
Messages on the website www.missing-you.net suggest that Mr Hopper lived in lodgings in Eastbourne.
A message from a Terry Hopper says: “Ron , we would love to hear from you, we miss you. You do not have to tell us where you are, just let us know you are safe.”
The matter has been referred to the coroner.