Police release image of suspect after human remains found in suitcases on Bristol bridge

Police released an image of the man they are seeking in connection with the discovery

A suspect's image has been released following the shocking discovery of two suitcases containing human remains on Bristol's iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Police were alerted to a suspicious man with a suitcase on the landmark bridge just before midnight on Wednesday. Despite officers arriving in less than 10 minutes, the man had already left towards the Leigh Woods area, leaving behind the suitcase.

Shortly after, a second suitcase was discovered nearby. Avon and Somerset Police are still trying to identify the suspect.

The search for the man, who was transported to the bridge by taxi, is being assisted by a police helicopter and the Coastguard. The released image depicts a black man with a beard, donned in a black Adidas baseball cap, black jeans, a black jacket, black trainers with thick white soles and carrying a black backpack.

The public has been urged not to approach him and to dial 999 if he is spotted, although the police have stated they are unaware of any current risk to the wider public. Due to ongoing police activity, the Clifton Suspension Bridge visitor centre is currently closed.

Police have reached out to the family of Jack O'Sullivan to inform them of the incident, but have clarified that no direct links are currently being made. Jack, aged 23, was last seen around 3.15am on March 2 in the vicinity of Brunel Lock Road and Brunel Way in Bristol.

The iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, a Grade I listed structure that arches over the Avon Gorge, was designed by the renowned Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and first opened to the public in 1864. Acting Bristol Commander Vicks Hayward-Melen stated: "An immediate search of the area was carried out by officers on the ground with the support of the National Police Air Service and HM Coastguard following the discovery of the suitcases."

"These searches remain ongoing. Initial inquiries have established the man was taken to the bridge in a taxi. This vehicle has been seized and the driver is helping us with our inquiries. Specialist crime scene investigators are currently examining the bridge and surrounding area, and the bridge will remain closed while these inquiries are conducted."

Hayward-Melen added she could not confirm if the remains belonged to more than one individual. A post-mortem examination is scheduled for later on Thursday.

Carla Denyer, MP for Bristol Central, expressed her shock on social media: "I am deeply disturbed by the horrifying discovery of human remains at Clifton Suspension Bridge overnight. Distressing events like this are unsettling for all of us who call Bristol home and are proud of our city."

"Thank you @ASPolice for your swift action. I am in contact with authorities and will do anything I can to support a swift and thorough investigation."