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Three men have appeared before Winchester Crown Court charged with murder after a man's remains were found in woods in Lytchett Matravers.
Dorset police confirmed it was missing Bournemouth man -57 year old Geoffrey Reed -who was last seen on Thursday 7th June 2012.
At the time police said his disappearance was "completely out of character".
On Wednesday 13th June, during a search for Mr. Reed, some human remains were found in woods in Lytchett Matravers. Following that Detective Inspector Marcus Hester of Dorset's Major Crime Investigation Team, said:
"Bournemouth police have now lauched a murder investigation following the discovery of human remains in a rural area at Lytchett Matravers.
"At this time I am unable to confirm the identity of the body in any way - however it was as a result of the investigation into the disappearance of Mr Reed that has led to this discovery.
"During course of next few days extensive inquiries will continue."
An inquest surrounding the discovery of the human remains was opened and adjourned on Monday 18th June. It identified the body as Geoffrey Reed and said he died from 'multiple blunt force injuries'.
Three men have been charged with murder;
- 25 year old Stuart Raymond Wareham, from Bournemouth
- 32 year old Lee Raymond Wareham, of no fixed abode
- 21 year old Benjamin Henry Walter, of no fixed abode
They appeared before Winchester Crown Court where they all entered pleas of 'Not guilty.'