St Austell, Cornwall: Police Arrest Man Over Suspected Double Murder After Pair Vanish

14 Jul

Murder Arrest After Pair Vanish In Cornwall

Detectives investigating the disappearance of two men in Cornwall are questioning a man on suspicion of their double murder.

Brett Flournoy, 31, from Merseyside, and David Griffiths, 35, from Berkshire, were last seen on June 16 and are known to have arrived in Cornwall around 7.30pm on that evening.

But they never turned up at their hotel and police now believe they have been murdered. 

Police are searching the home of a 28-year-old man from St Austell who is the main suspect in the inquiry.

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

“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.

“This 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.”

Mr Flournoy, who is understood to have been an amateur welterweight and light middleweight boxer, spent six years in the Royal Engineers before running a pub. 

He is said to have lived on the Wirral in Merseyside with his partner and two children.

Friends had set up a Facebook page appealing for help to find him.

The men are reported to have been heading to Cornwall for a night out in Newquay or St Austell after meeting up at a car park on the Plymouth side of the Tamar Bridge on the night they disappeared.

Police believe they were travelling in a white Citroen Berlingo van, registration A10 VVR, with the words “Tile Style” written in brown lettering on both sides.

 David Griffiths was originally from Plymouth but had since moved to Berkshire with his family.

Appealing for information last week, his mother, Janet Griffiths, said: “David was travelling to Devon and Cornwall with his friend but they have not made any contact with us. 

“David lives in Berkshire with his partner and three children and for him not to be in touch with them is unheard of.

“It is completely out of character and our family is extremely worried about his safety.

“We would urge anyone with any information, no matter how small to contact the police straight away. 

“We just want David home.”

Mr Griffiths is described as 5’11” tall, of large build, and with shaved ginger hair while Mr Flournoy is 5’9″ with a slim build, shaven head, and stubble. He has three distinctive tattoos: a yin and yang on his right arm, Celtic design on his left arm, and an angel on his left leg.

Police are appealing for anyone who has seen either man or their vehicle to contact them on 08452 777 444 .

 

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