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Body found in North Wales confirmed to be that of missing Alec Warburton

Published 23/09/2015

The body is confirmed to be that of missing man Alec Warburton
The body is confirmed to be that of missing man Alec Warburton

The body of a man found in north Wales belongs to missing Swansea man Alec Warburton, police have confirmed.

The grim discovery was made in the country village of Dolwyddelan on Sunday - just days after Mr Warburton's lodger David Ellis was arrested in Ireland.

Detectives had been trying to trace the 40-year-old for more than a month following the sudden disappearance of his landlord.

A South Wales Police spokesman said: "The body located near the village of Dolwyddelan in North Wales on Sunday has been formally identified as that of 59-year-old Alec Warburton, from Swansea.

"A post mortem was conducted in North Wales yesterday when identification procedures were carried out.

"Mr Warburton's death is being treated as murder and we are continuing to offer support to his family at this difficult time."

Retired electrical engineer Mr Warburton, who lived in Sketty, was last seen on July 31 and was reported missing two days later.

In the wake of his sudden disappearance, police launched an appeal for information and said that the 59-year-old's M-reg Peugeot 205 was spotted in north Wales before returning to Swansea.

The vehicle was then found abandoned at Birkenhead port days later and officers later said Mr Ellis had stepped off a ferry in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on August 6.

That discovery prompted a fresh appeal for information and saw Welsh officers sent across the Irish sea.

Mr Ellis was then arrested in Ireland last Friday. Officers now hope to bring him back to Wales to face questioning in the coming days.

The spokesman added: "A European Arrest Warrant was granted earlier today in respect of Mr Ellis, which will be executed in Ireland prior to an extradition court hearing."

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