Human Remains Found Near Bristol Believed to be Missing DJ Derek

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Human remains discovered by police are believed to be missing Bristol DJ, Derek Serpell-Morris. He went missing in July 2015. Facebook

Human remains found in a woodland outside Bristol are believed to be that of missing pensioner DJ Derek, police said on Friday.

The 73 year old, real name Derek Serpell-Morris, has been missing since July 2015 after last being seen at the Criterion pub in Bristol.

The DJ's decomposed remains were discovered on Thursday and Avon and Somerset police said they are likely to belong to Serpell-Morris "due to personal items found at the scene." His family has been notified of the development.

Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Iddon said, "This is a very distressing time for Derek's family who've been carrying out an exhaustive campaign to locate him and raise awareness of his disappearance and our thoughts are very much with them.

"We're not able to confirm any more details until the post-mortem examination and formal identification procedures have been carried out."

The death is being treated as unexplained and a postmortem examination is to be scheduled to determine the cause of death.

Considered to be Britain's oldest DJ, Serpell-Morris performed sets at Glastonbury festival and was awarded a medal by Bristol's Lord Mayor in 2012 for his "outstanding" contribution to music in the city.

His great-niece Jennifer Griffiths told the Bristol Post : "As soon as I heard the news last night I was convinced it was him. I have spoken to the rest of the family and we all feel the same way. In a way it would be closure for us if this was Derek but at the same time it would be awful, it would be the worst case scenario."

Tributes to Serpell-Morris poured in on Friday with band Gorgon City calling him "legendary."

See a selection of the tweets below:

RIP to one of the biggest legends in Bristol history. You'll be sorely missed DJ Derek. pic.twitter.com/Jw3iNrgkaU

— Best of Bristol (@BristolBestof) March 11, 2016

Had the opportunity to go to DJ Derek's retirement set! He proved you're never too old to do what you love! RIP pic.twitter.com/qmAAe3egRs

— Dan Magid (@Dan_Magid) March 11, 2016

Such sad news today.

RIP DJ Derek.

A real Bristol legend. pic.twitter.com/Xbb0241cx1

— ʙʟᴀᴢᴇʏ (@BlazeyBodynod) March 11, 2016

Maybe inevitable but truly sad news about DJ Derek if true... He was a dj legend, incredible music buff and will be v missed @bestival :(

— Rob da Bank (@RobdaBank) March 11, 2016