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Post mortem conducted on head found in quarry

Post mortem conducted on head found in quarry

UK Police have said they are unable to confirm whether a severed head found in a Cambridgeshire quarry is from a woman.

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said the sex of the victim will be one of the things to be established in a post mortem due to take place later on Wednesday.

Asked if detectives are connecting the discovery at a quarry in Mepal, near Ely, with two women who have been reported missing in the region, the spokesman said "that is not a link we are making at the minute".

The head, which police said was not a skull, was found by a worker at the site on Monday afternoon.

Investigators say they believe the remains came from a construction site nearly 40 miles away in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire.

Police are trying to establish how long the head had been there.

An unnamed quarry worker told local newspaper Bedfordshire on Sunday that his colleague discovered the remains after taking the cover off a skip he had transported back to Mepal.

The worker said: "His first thought was that it was a mannequin's head.

"But then he realised it had eyebrows and hair, and suddenly clicked that it was actually a woman's head.

"He said it had blood all over and was covered in dirt, but didn't look like it had disintegrated."

The worker added that his colleague described the features of the head as looking female, "and said she looked in her thirties or forties, but he couldn't be 100%".

The Mepal site where the head was found is used for landfill and recycling, as well as the supply of aggregates such as limestone and gravel, and mixing concrete.

Among the missing women in the region is Natalie Hemming, 31, of Milton Keynes, Bucks, who has not been seen for more than two weeks. Her husband Paul, 42, is charged with murder.

There is also children's author Helen Bailey, 51, who vanished on April 11 while walking her dog in Royston, Herts.

Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit are conducting inquiries, both locally and across the county borders.

Detective Inspector Jerry Waite, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: "At this stage we do not know if the head is male or female, however we have got officers carrying out searches at a site in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, as we believe this is where the remains may have come from."