Police can confirm that tests on a bone which was discovered in woodland in Ufford in February have confirmed the origin of the bone as being that of an animal.
The small piece of bone has been subject to extensive tests following its discovery during searches of the wood on 21 February 2014.
The first examination of the bone indicated the bone was human and initial tests proved inconclusive on its origin, however, further more extensive and detailed tests with two separate experts have indicated that the boneâ€™s origin is that of an animal.
The bone was found in the wood after officers searched the area as part of the Luke Durbin missing person enquiry.
Luke, who went missing in May 2006, was known to frequent the wood, and officers searched the wood as part of their ongoing enquiries when the bone was discovered.
At the time of the bone discoveryÂ Detective Superintendent John Brocklebank from the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team stated that there could be an innocent explanation in relation to the bone discovery. Speaking after the results of the tests he said: “In situations such as this, we rely heavily on the advice and assistance from experts who are specialists in their field. We have been told that the bone held a strong resemblance to that of a human humerus bone.
“Further more detailed tests have been carried out and it has been established that the bone was from an animal, and most likely a deer.
“This was always going to be very difficult to establish as we are dealing with a very small fragment of bone and it was essential that we sought the expertise of specialists in order to move the investigation forward.
“Lukeâ€™s mother, Nicki Durbin, has been kept fully informed throughout the testing process and understands that these have been necessary and appreciates everything we have done.
“Our job now is to continue with the enquiry to establish what happened to Luke after he went missing in Ipswich after a night out on 11thÂ and 12thÂ May 2006.â€
Anyone with information into Luke Durbinâ€™s disappearance is asked to call the Incident Room at Suffolk Police Major Investigation Team onÂ 01473 668999Â or Crimestoppers onÂ 0800 555 111.