Essex Police launch investigation after human remains found in Harlow pond

HARLOW: Investigation launched as human remains found; 02/01/2023
Credit: Essex Police
Police have cordoned off the area Credit: Essex Police

An investigation has been launched after human remains were found at a pond near a hospital.

Officers were called to Oakwood Pond near Fourth Avenue in Harlow, Essex, shortly before 2pm on New Year's Eve following reports of a suspicious object in the water. 

Specialist forensic officers have since confirmed that these are human remains. 

The pond lies in a wooded area near the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

An investigation by the Essex and Kent Serious Crime Directorate is under way.

Det Ch Insp Antony Alcock said: “It’s the really early stages of this investigation and we are working to determine what has happened. 

"I understand that this is concerning news for local residents and our officers are likely to remain in the area for the next few days to continue inquiries. 

“We ask that the public respect the cordons in place and we will be updating the public as the investigation develops."

Roads have been blocked off as police carry out their investigations Credit: Essex Police

”If you have any information, CCTV, dash cam or other footage in relation to this incident, then please get in contact with us."

People can get in touch through the Essex Police website.

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