Body-parts hunt could extend across Hertfordshire

SINCE the discovery of a human severed leg and a forearm, police have not ruled out searching for remaining body parts in Times Territory. A major murder investigation was launched when a left leg was found in a green holdall in Cottered on Monday last we

SINCE the discovery of a human severed leg and a forearm, police have not ruled out searching for remaining body parts in Times Territory.

A major murder investigation was launched when a left leg was found in a green holdall in Cottered on Monday last week.

And on Sunday an arm - minus the hand - was found by walkers in Wheathampstead.

Police have this afternoon (Tuesday) confirmed the two limbs belonged to the same person.


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Asked if they would be scouring the Times Territory countryside for more human remains, a spokeswoman told the WHT they had not "ruled it out".

She said: "We are concentrating on the areas where the body parts have been found.

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"If another body part was found in other parts of the county, for example, WGC and Hatfield, then we would concentrate on that area.

"It just depends on whether something is found and we haven't ruled it out [searching Times Territory]."

Tests on the leg revealed it came from an adult, believed to be white or Asian, who was between 5ft 6in and 5ft 10in.

His shoe size was between a seven and a nine.

The man also had a skin condition which caused discolouration in the pigmentation of the skin around the ankle.

Detective chief inspector Mick Hanlon, who is leading the investigation from Hertfordshire Constabulary's HQ in Stanborough Road, WGC, said officers were "working meticulously to establish who the body parts belong to".

He added: "We are conducting a number of enquiries, including area searches, and are continuing to check missing person records to make sure we leave no stone unturned."

Anyone with any information should call police on 01707 354432.

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