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Body found at golf course named

Detectives have identified a young man whose severely-burnt body was found at a golf course.

A DNA sample sent for analysis has provided a match on the national database for 37-year-old Stefan Welch, from Brighton, East Sussex.

A post-mortem examination showed he probably died from a blow to the head before he was found by golfers as they walked between the 17th and 18th holes at the Dyke Golf Club on the outskirts of Brighton, just before noon on Saturday.

Detectives from Sussex Police's Major Crime Branch believe he had been murdered elsewhere before being taken to the golf club on the South Downs and set alight.

Detective Chief Inspector Trevor Bowles, who is leading the murder inquiry, said Mr Welch lived at the Phase One hostel in Oriental Place, Brighton, and officers are working to establish his last movements.

He said: "A DNA sample sent for analysis at the weekend has provided a match on the national database for Stefan Paul Welch, a 37-year-old man from Brighton.

"At much the same time as the match was established, we received a call from someone who recognised the description we released, in particular the link between the tattoos and false teeth.

"I should like to thank the many people who have contacted us with information.

"Our thoughts and feelings are with Stefan's family at this time and it is for them that the focus of our inquiry now turns to finding his killer and bringing them to justice."


From Belfast Telegraph