Human remains confirmed to be missing 'murdered' Scot

Cumbria Police said remains found earlier this month were those of Paul Taylor.

Human remains found near Carlisle confirmed to be missing ‘murdered’ man from Scotland Cumbria Police

Human remains found in woodlands in England earlier this month have been confirmed as those of a missing Scottish man believed to have been murdered.

Paul Taylor, 56, was last seen on October 17, 2023, after leaving his home in Annan in Dumfries and Galloway, to travel to Carlisle before midnight via the M6 Southbound.

Cumbria Police said his blue Vauxhall Corsa then headed in the direction of the Kingmoor South area of Carlisle and the Carlisle West area.

The car was possibly spotted in the Yewdale, Sandsfield Park and Brough Road areas on the night of October 17 and early morning of October 18.

Paul Taylor, 56, from Annan in Dumfries and Galloway.Cumbria Police

Mr Taylor’s car was later found abandoned in Langwathby at around 8.45am on October 19.

Cumbria Police said on Thursday, May 2 that suspected human remains had been found in the area of Finglandrigg Wood, near the B5307 west of Carlisle.

On Saturday, May 11 the force said they belonged to Mr Taylor.

His family has been informed of developments and a police presence will be in the area for some time, the officers said.

They have asked people to avoid the area as they continue their investigation.

A 19-year-old man previously appeared in court charged with murder while another 19-year-old man was charged with assisting an offender.

Jack Crawley was charged with murder and Marcus Goodfellow was charged with assisting an offender.

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