Body is land­lord

Po­lice con­firm re­mains found near Dol­wyd­de­lan are Swansea man as mur­der probe con­tin­ues

North Wales Weekly News - - FRONT PAGE - BY KELLY WIL­LIAMS

DE­TEC­TIVES car­ry­ing out a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of a land­lord have found his body in North Wales.

South Wales Po­lice had been work­ing with their col­leagues in North Wales to search an area around Betws y Coed.

A man’s body was dis­cov­ered on Sun­day in an area near Dol­wyd­de­lan. And yesterday the body was for­mally iden­ti­fied as that of 59-year-old Alec War­bur­ton from Swansea.

A post mortem was con­ducted when iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­ce­dures were car­ried out.

David El­lis, aged 40, – a man po­lice were hunt­ing in con­nec­tion with the dis­ap­pear­ance of Mr War­bur­ton – was ar­rested on Fri­day in Ire­land.

A spokesman for South Wales Po­lice said: “A Euro­pean Ar­rest War­rant was granted yesterday in re­spect of Mr El­lis which will be ex­e­cuted in Ire­land prior to an ex­tra­di­tion court hear­ing.”

The force had pre­vi­ously ap­pealed to tourists who vis­ited Betws y Coed to come for­ward with any “vi­tal” in­for­ma­tion they may have in re­la­tion to the mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mr War­bur­ton was last seen at his home in Vi­vian Road in the Sketty area of Swansea at around mid­day on July 31.

Po­lice had said they were treat­ing his dis­ap­pear­ance as mur­der and wanted to speak to his lodger Mr El­lis as part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mr War­bur­ton’s car – a dark green Peu­geot 205 Mardi Gras – was driven to North Wales on Satur­day Au­gust 1.

The ve­hi­cle left the main car park in Betws y Coed at around 7am the fol­low­ing day. The car was then driven to Birken­head docks on Au­gust 5 be­fore it was seized.

Po­lice ap­pealed for any sight­ings of the ve­hi­cle in the Dol­wyd­de­lan area be­tween 8.25pm and mid­night on Au­gust 1.

Det Chief Insp Kath Pritchard said: “We are con­tin­u­ing to sup­port Alec War­bur­ton’s fam­ily at this dif­fi­cult time and we are grate­ful for the con­tin­ued sup­port and as­sis­tance of our law en­force­ment col­leagues.”

Last CCTV im­age (main) of Alec War­bur­ton, 59. Po­lice have found his body near Dol­wyd­de­lan Ar­rested: David El­lis

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