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