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Two held over body parts murder.

Summary: Two people have been arrested over the murder of a man whose dismembered body parts were found in rural locations.

Two people have been arrested over the murder of a man whose dismembered body parts were found in rural locations.

The two suspects are in their 20s and 30s and were arrested at an address in north London.

Police believe they have now identified the man whose head, arm, leg and torso were found at separate locations by members of the public across Hertfordshire and Leicestershire in the last month. Only the man's hands have not been found.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Hanlon, whose officers are working with the man's family, said: "Extensive work has been carried out in relation to this murder investigation and I can confirm that two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

"The two arrested, who are in their 20s and 30s, were detained on the afternoon of April 21 at an address in north London. They remain in custody at a police station in Hertfordshire at this time.

"I would like to thank all media for their support in this investigation so far. The coverage has proved extremely valuable."

Detectives launched a murder inquiry after a left leg with the foot attached was found in a green holdall in a lay-by on the A507 in Cottered, Herts, on March 22.

On March 29, the arm, dismembered at the elbow and wrist, was discovered on a grass verge in Wheathampstead, about a 40-minute drive from Cottered.

On April 1, a farmer found the victim's head in a field in Asfordby, Leicestershire, about 95 miles from Wheathampstead via the M1 and A606.

The victim's right leg was found near the A10 Puckeridge bypass in Hertfordshire by a driver on April 7 before his torso was discovered by a walker near Standon in the same county on April 11.

Detectives previously gave details about his state of health. As well as suffering from eczema, the victim was also overweight and had two front teeth missing.

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