DNA tests con­firm leg in river is from miss­ing woman

The Sunday Telegraph - - News -

A LEG found in a river has been con­firmed to be the limb of a woman who went miss­ing a year ago.

Po­lice were called af­ter sus­pected hu­man re­mains were seen in the River Ir­well near Whit Lane, Pendle­ton, Sal­ford, on Nov 28.

DNA test­ing con­firmed the leg be­longed to mother-of-two Marie Scott, who was re­ported miss­ing from her home in Hale on Dec 18 last year, Greater Manch­ester Po­lice said.

The force said there were not be­lieved to be any sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances and no one else was thought to be in­volved in her dis­ap­pear­ance. Her fam­ily has been in­formed. Det Insp Si­mon Akker, of the force’s Traf­ford Bor­ough, said: “This is an ab­so­lutely heart­break­ing devel­op­ment in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to find Marie, and her fam­ily are un­der­stand­ably dis­traught by the news.

“Hav­ing been per­son­ally in­volved in the search to find Marie and met with her fam­ily on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions, I know the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact this will have on them. Our ef­forts now will fo­cus on do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to ensure we can pro­vide the fam­ily with the sup­port and an­swers they de­serve.”

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