Burned body found on golf course
A badly-burnt body has been found in undergrowth at a seaside golf club, police said.
Members of the public discovered the corpse at the Dyke Golf Club in Devil's Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex, just before noon on Saturday.
Police said the body was so badly burnt it has so far not been possible to establish gender or estimate an age for the person.
Sussex Police's major crime branch has launched an investigation and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
Detective Chief Inspector Trevor Bowles, the senior investigating officer, said: "The body was found between the 17th and 18th holes and has been badly burnt, so it has not yet been possible to establish gender or estimate age.
"Detectives and scenes of crime officers are currently at the scene. We are searching the nearby area for evidence and have spoken to the members of the public who found the body and people working at the course.
"We are at a very early stage of the investigation and I would ask anyone who may be able to help us piece together a picture of what has happened to get in touch."
Anyone with information is asked to call Sussex Police on 0845 6070 999 quoting Operation Trewin or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
It was later disclosed by police that the body had also been mutilated. Mr Bowles said "at least one foot" was missing below the shin.
Mr Bowles said: "The body has been badly burnt and at this stage we are unable to confirm the gender or estimate the age. However, it is clear that at least one foot is missing below the shin. We will try to determine at post-mortem whether this was before or after death occurred, but the body will remain in situ for the immediate future while our investigations at the scene continue."