Police are digging on Saddleworth Moor near Manchester after a skull was reportedly found that could belong to Moors murder victim Keith Bennett.
Keith was murdered 58 years ago at the age of 12 by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, but his body has never been found. Brady died in 2017 and Hindley in 2002.
Greater Manchester police were alerted to the discovery on Thursday morning, which was made by a group of amateurs searching for Keith’s body.
While police said it was too early to confirm whether human remains have been found, they have informed Keith’s closest surviving family member, his brother Alan.
Forensic teams were forced to halt the crime scene work at about 4.45 pm on Friday due to bad weather. Wind and sleet battered the moor, uprooting the two blue forensics tents.
The site has been covered with a tarpaulin and work will restart on Saturday morning.
If the remains are identified as Keith’s, it will prove especially tragic as the crime scene is only a few hundred metres away from where his mother, Winnie Johnson, was regularly pictured, having returned to Saddleworth Moor often before her death in August 2012.
Author Russell Edwards, who has spent years trying to find the schoolboy’s remains, contacted detectives after digging in an area with soil that appeared to have been disturbed and finding what he believed to be Keith’s body.