DETECTIVES are continuing to investigate the circumstances behind a human bone being discovered at a former mill pond in Stalybridge.
Shortly after 5.30pm on Saturday, February 24, police were called to reports that human remains had been found at Chadwick Dam on Mellor Road.
Officers attended and discovered a human bone in a dredged pond.
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, following an initial examination, they confirmed it was human.
The bone, which is now believed to be a left femur, has been sent off for DNA testing and carbon dating.
Det Insp Dave Loughlin, from Greater Manchester Police’s Tameside borough, said: “We are doing everything we can to not only understand how this bone came to be here but also who it belonged to.
“While we are waiting on the test results we will continue our enquiries but ultimately a lot of the key information we need will be in those results which unfortunately do take time to come back.
“We are aware of speculation about the bone, particularly discoloration.
“Until we have the test results we are not in any position to confirm what happened. Lots of circumstances could result in discoloration, including decomposition because of damp conditions.
“We know this is a particularly popular spot with dog walkers and people fishing, so I would urge anyone who may have any information to call police.”
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, appeared to show a large bone lying in the mud surrounded by sticks.
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.
Information about the Stalybridge incident can be passed on to police by calling 101 quoting reference number 1575 of 24/02/18, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.