Human remains are discovered in River Severn as police believe body to have been in water for a ‘significant amount of time’
Human remains have been discovered in the River Severn – as police believe the body to have been in the water for a ‘significant amount of time’.
Emergency services were called to the river in the Cressage area of Shropshire at around 9.15pm on Saturday.
Police and firefighters removed the remains from the water, before they were confirmed to be human shortly after.
Detectives are treating the death as unexplained, but the remains are now being forensically examined and ‘all lines of enquiry are being explored’.
A statement from West Mercia Police said: ‘An investigation has been launched after human remains were found in the River Severn in Cressage yesterday evening.
‘Our officers attended with colleagues from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service. The remains were removed from the water and have been confirmed to be human.
The human remains were discovered in the River Severn in the Cressage of Shropshire (图为) on Saturday evening
‘It is thought they have been in the water for a significant amount of time.’
Detective Chief Inspector John Weaver added: ‘We are in the very early stages of this investigation and enquiries are ongoing.
‘Our priority at this stage is to identify the deceased.
‘The remains are being forensically examined and the results will determine the next steps in our investigation.
‘This could be a lengthy process but we will update the public in due course.’
Police have warned that a cordon will be in place around the area over the coming days as enquiries into the discovery and searches of the immediate area continue.