Cold case detectives called to site after skeleton is found
Published 05/10/2011 | 10:12
DETECTIVES in England are examining cold cases after human skeletal remains were found on a building site.
The remains were found in Valley Road, Ipswich, on Monday. It is understood they were discovered less than 12 inches from the surface after workers began to dig the foundations of a new home.
A shoe was initially unearthed by a digger and on closer inspection remains were found.
Late yesterday officers confirmed that the remains were human. Police refused to confirm reports that clothing was also uncovered.
The plot of land has been vacant for more than 50 years.
Detective Chief Inspector Neil Luckett, from the Suffolk and Norfolk Major Investigation Team, said there was no definite link between the remains and other items found.
He added that officers were trawling missing persons reports locally and nationally for possible links to unsolved cases.
He added: "Because we have found some skeletal remains, we have now got to excavate the site to try to find the rest of those remains.
"The key questions are whose remains are these, how did they get there, and how did the person die."
He added that the death could have happened naturally.
A forensic archaeologist and anthropologist will return to the site today. The remains are due to be examined by a Home Office pathologist.