POLICE have launched an investigation after a human bone was found at a former mill pond in Stalybridge.
The discovery at Chadwick Dam, off Mellor Street, was made on Saturday afternoon.
Police, who taped off an area of the bank of Chadwick Dam, were unsure at first whether it was from a human or an animal but on Sunday evening, following an initial examination, police confirmed it was human.
It has now been sent for forensic analysis and an investigation is underway.
The dam has been drained for cleaning as part of a project to revitalise the beauty spot, including the nearby Stamford Boating Lake.
A Facebook post, which has since been deleted, appears to show a large bone lying in the mud surrounded by sticks.
A statement from Greater Manchester Police, read: “Shortly after 5.30pm on Saturday 24 February 2018, police were called to reports that human remains had been found at Chadwick Dam on Mellor Road.
“Officers attended and found a human bone which has been sent for forensic testing.
“Enquiries are ongoing.”
The discovery came on the same day police confirmed body parts found in the Rochdale Canal in Failsworth, Oldham, were not human.
Police were called to the scene and a stretch of the canal between Tesco and the bridge on Ashton Road West was cordoned off overnight into Saturday while investigations were carried out.
Anyone with information about the incident in Stalybridge should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1575 of 24/02/18, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.