The body of a newborn baby in Bolton was left with a note requesting an Islamic burial.
Police say the age, sex or ethnicity of the baby is not known at this stage and it is unclear whether the baby was live or stillborn.
“While we cannot speculate on the ethnicity of either parent, there was a note left requesting the baby receive an Islamic burial and we have already reached out to the Muslim community through their Friday prayers through our partnership connections at the Bolton Council of Mosques.
“The answer undoubtedly lies somewhere in the community and I want to ask the Bolton community as a whole whether they know of anyone who may have tried to conceal a birth or who recently have been pregnant but now is without a baby or appears withdrawn, upset or in physical discomfort."
More top news
Four University of Manchester students have been jailed after their "dark web" drugs trafficking operation was exposed by the FBI.
Thousands of motorists may get bus lane fines repaid to them after a council admitted issuing 23,500 tickets too late.
The Isle of Man has today approved the introduction of a new Manx state pension from April 2019.