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Human remains found in Worcestershire village

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Detectives have launched an investigation after human remains were discovered in a Worcestershire village.

West Mercia Police said they received reports of bones being found in the village of Kempsey at 4.30pm on Friday 12 July - during the routine emptying of a septic tank.

The death is being treated as unexplained while police wait for the results of a post-mortem examination.

Police say they are following many lines of inquiry - one of them being to establish if it's connected to the disappearance of a woman from Kempsey in the 1980s.

The remains are not thought to be related to the search for missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh - which was happening 8 miles away- but officers say they are are not in a position to link the bones to any particular person at this stage and are keeping an open mind.

Human bones were found in Kempsey. Credit: ITV News Central

Supt. Damian Pettit, South Worcestershire's Local Policing Commander said:

"We are conducting a very thorough investigation and have multiple lines of enquiry to explore and one of which is into the disappearance of a woman from Kempsey that was launched in 1982.

"At this stage we don't believe the remains to be connected to the Met Police's missing person investigation for Suzy Lamplugh.

"Until we receive the post-mortem results we are not in a position to clarify any further details.

"I would like to reassure you that we are moving as fast as we can and will keep you informed with any significant updates."

– Supt. Damian Pettit
The discovery is not thought to be connected to searches in connection with Suzy Lamplugh, according to police.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the find is not thought to be connected to searches launched near Pershore, Worcestershire, earlier this month in connection with the disappearance of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh.

Commenting on speculation that the discovery may be connected to the disappearance of Miss Lamplugh, West Mercia Police said in a statement:

We are aware of some speculation that this discovery may be linked to the disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh who went missing in the 1980s. Although we don't believe it to be, until we have the forensic post-mortem results we are not in a position to link it to any particular person at this stage."

– Spokesperson, West Mercia Police