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Remains found in forest confirmed to be those of Britain's oldest DJ

DJ Derek has been missing since last July.

DJ Derek in 2013
DJ Derek in 2013
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REMAINS FOUND IN a forest in the United Kingdom have been confirmed to be those of ‘Britain’s oldest DJ’ Derek Serpell-Morris, known as DJ Derek.

The 73-year-old went missing in July of last year and this saw a high-profile search to track him down.

In a statement today Avon and Somerset Police confirmed that remains found in a wooded area in the town of Patchway outside of Bristol do belong to Serpell-Morris.

His family have been informed of the news.

Serpell-Morris had last been seen at a pub in Bristol, and there were reports of him being sighted at Waterloo Station in London in December.

The former accountant played records for 40 years in a career that took in performances across the UK, and even an appearance at Glastonbury.

His DJ sets mostly took in a variety of Jamaican music.

A post-mortem was carried out earlier this week with the results coming back as inconclusive.

Despite this police are not treating the death as suspicious.

Enquiries are continuing to be carried out on behalf of the coroner’s office.

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