Clifton Suspension Bridge human remains: Major questions as suspect remains at large

A major investigation is being carried out into the human remains incident at Clifton Suspension Bridge
-Credit: (Image: BristolLive/Paul Gillis)


It has been more than 24 hours since the shocking incident which saw two suitcases, with suspected human remains inside, dumped on Clifton Suspension Bridge. A suspect then fled the scene in the direction of Leigh Woods with an appeal outstanding to find him.

Police are searching the undergrowth in the Leigh Woods area, and have released CCTV images of the man they are looking to find, advising the public not to approach him if they see him.

You can find everything we know so far about the case here - but below are some of the most pressing questions that might be on your mind.

What do we know about the human remains?

A pathologist is conducting a post-mortem examination in an attempt to identify the cause of death. It will also help to pinpoint the time of death.

An eyewitness who was at the scene when the suspect left the first suitcase and fled told BristolLive that there was blood spilling out onto the bridge, meaning whatever was the cause of death, it likely happened within hours of the altercation on the bridge. Avon and Somerset Police are also working to identify the presumed victim, in order to inform their next of kin.

Who took a taxi to Clifton Suspension Bridge with suitcases of human body parts?

The suspect took a taxi to the scene and then fled on foot. Avon and Somerset Police have issued two photographs of the suspect, seemingly taken as he fled the scene. An eyewitness told BristolLive that the suspect was shouting in Spanish as he was chased from the scene.

He is described as black, with a beard. He was wearing an Adidas baseball cap and black trainers with thick white soles, as well as a gold earring, and was carrying a black backpack. He remains on the loose at the time of writing and has now been on the run for around 19 hours.

A manhunt is underway
A manhunt is underway -Credit:PAUL GILLIS / Reach PLC

Is the case linked to the disappearance of Jack O'Sullivan?

There has been a lot of speculation online as to whether the body, or bodies, in the suitcase, could be linked to the disappearance of Bristol man Jack O'Sullivan, who was last seen just a few hundred metres away from the Clifton Suspension Bridge, at Cumberland Basin, on March 2.

However, Avon and Somerset Police have said that "no parallels are actively being drawn" between the human remains found in suitcases on Clifton Suspension Bridge, and missing Jack O'Sullivan. However, due to the nature of the incident, a senior officer has been in touch with Jack's family, to inform them of today's events.

Where did the taxi driver pick up the suspect?

It has not yet been revealed where the taxi driver picked up the suspect from to take him to the bridge. Initial enquiries established that the man was taken to the bridge in a taxi - and police have confirmed this vehicle has been seized, and the driver is helping officers with their enquiries.

Where are the police carrying out searches for the suspect?

A picture of the man Avon and Somerset Police are searching for after human remains were found in two suitcases in Bristol
A picture of the man Avon and Somerset Police are searching for after human remains were found in two suitcases in Bristol -Credit:Police handout

Police officers are currently searching the undergrowth in an area of Leigh Woods, near to the Suspension Bridge. It is believed the man who fled the scene headed in this direction after leaving the two suitcases on the bridge.

Meanwhile, specialist crime scene investigators are examining the bridge and its surrounding area, with the bridge remaining closed while these inquiries are carried out.

What should I do if I see the suspect?

Police have urged anyone who might see the man from the CCTV image not to approach him, but instead to immediately call 999 to report any sightings. However, they have assured that he is not currently believed to be a danger to the community or the wider public.

Anybody with information about the incident - no matter how significant they believe it is - is asked to contact Avon and Somerset Police's incident room on 0800 056 944.