Man charged with murder of missing Dewsbury sex offender

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A 46-year-old man has been charged with murdering a sex offender who went missing last week.

Detectives looking for Robert Edward Hind, who was reported missing from an address in Dewsbury on December 11, are examining human remains found in Huddersfield yesterday.

Today, West Yorkshire Police charged David Mitchell, of Manchester Road, Cowlersley, Huddersfield, with murder.

Mitchell is due to appear before Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court today.

The remains were found in the area of the River Colne, near Colne Vale Road in Milnsbridge.

West Yorkshire Police said an underwater search team, dogs, and specialised search officers are continuing to investigate the scene.

Superintendent Scott Wood said: “A post-mortem examination of the suspected human remains recovered from the Colne Vale area of Huddersfield will take place shortly and a formal identification will follow.

“I am continuing to appeal for anyone who can assist in our investigations and the movements of Robert Hind between 9.20am on Wednesday December 11 2013 and Saturday December 14 2013.”

Hind, also known as Dack, was reported missing at 9.30pm on December 11 and West Yorkshire Police issued an appeal at the end of last week to find him.

Detectives said he was a known sex offender who had a range of offending history and presented a risk to the public, particularly children.

They said he had been recalled to prison, having breached the terms of his licence.