Police still trying to solve leg riddle
POLICE are waiting to see if scientists can get DNA from a human leg found in the river Irwell – to help identify who it came from.
Scientists have examined the remains and are now trying to obtain a DNA profile so it can be checked against samples from people reported missing.
The remains were found nine days ago near the red Jubilee Bridge, off Britannia Street, Salford. Someone who was walking next to the river raised the alarm. The North West Police Underwater Search and Marine Unit sent divers to the location to search a stretch of the river but no further remains were found. Police officers also trawled the banks of the river.
Detectives say they have established that the remains are not linked to a crime. Experts are trying to establish approximately how long the remains had been in the water. Depending on the state of the leg it may not be possible to retrieve DNA. The leg was found just before 9am on Wednesday November 28th near a housing estate off Whit Lane, Pendleton.
Anyone with information can call police on 101.