Appeal Following Discovery of Human Bones in Wakefield
May 14, 2016, 11:56 am
Police are continuing enquires after historic human remains were found in woodlands near Wakefield last week.
The Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (Hmet) are continuing enquiries into the discovery of a number of small bones in a plastic bag, just off a towpath leading from Welbeck Lane at the Washlands Nature Reserve last week.
Forensic analysis over the past week suggests the remains were those of a full term new-born born baby.
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It is uncertain exactly how long ago the bones may have been in the location, but it is believed they could have been there for a considerable amount of time.
The bones were discovered by a member of the public on Sunday May 1 but this was not reported to police until the following Tuesday.
Officers attended and a forensic recovery of the bones took place, involving scientists and Crime Scene Investigators.
DCI Nicola Bryar, who is leading the enquiry, said: â€œInvestigations have been ongoing since last week into the discovery of a number of small bones, in woodland near the Southern Washlands Fishing Lake, off Welbeck Lane.
â€œForensic examinations have determined the bones were those of a full term new born baby, and may have been there for a considerable amount of time.
â€œWe are mindful that the mother of that child will have been through a traumatic ordeal and while there is no immediacy for any need for medical treatment, I am sure that some form of emotional support will be needed.
â€œWe are continuing our enquiries and I would ask anyone who has any information at all to contact us.â€
Anyone who does have information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team on 101 referencing police log number 364 of May 3, 2016
Source: West Yorkshire Police