Cornwall missing persons case turns into double murder inquiry

July 14, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

Police are quizzing a man after the disappearance of two men turned into a double murder inquiry.

Cornwall missing case turns into double murder inquiry

Semi-professional boxer Brett Flournoy (left) and friend David Griffiths (right) were reported missing last month after failing to check into their hotel in Newquay, Cornwall.

Brett, of Merseyside, is a welterweight and light middle weight fighter who was traveling with pal David, of Berks., for a holiday when they were last seen on June 16.

Worried friends and relatives set up a Facebook page after they failed to arrive at their hotel.

Yesterday, Devon and Cornwall police confirmed the investigation had turned into a double murder inquiry – despite not recovering their bodies.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested over their disappearance and was last night being quizzed.

Cornwall missing case turns into double murder inquiry

Bay View Farm at St Austell – picture: Paul Williams

Detective Inspector Costa Nassaris, of Devon and Cornwall police, said: “Following our extensive enquiries we now believe that both David Griffiths and Brett Flournoy have come to harm.

”Although no bodies have been recovered our proof of life enquiries to date leads us to believe both men have been murdered.

”We have contacted David and Brett’s families and their next of kin have been informed.

”We will continue to support their families, with their local police forces, as the enquiry continues.

”Yesterday morning officers arrested a 28 year-old man from St Austell on suspicion of the murder of Brett Flournoy and David Griffiths.

This man is currently being questioned by police and his property is being searched.

“I would like re issue our appeal for the public’s help and we would urge anyone who saw either man, or the vehicle we believe they were travelling in, a white Citroen Bellingo van, registration A10VVR which had “Tile Style” written in brown on both sides, to contact police.”

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