Moors murder victim laid to rest for second time after police kept some remains for 30 years

Pauline Reade's was laid to rest in 1987 after her body was found on Saddleworth Moor. Credit: MEN Media

A young woman who was victim of the notorious moors murderers has been buried for a second time - 31 years after she was first laid to rest.

Pauline Reade was just 16 when she was killed by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley on July 12, 1963.

Her body wasn't found until 24 years after her death.

But last year, it was revealed how some of Pauline's remains had been kept by police.


Pauline Reade's body was found in 1987 following a search of Saddleworth Moors. Credit: MEN Media

Today her jaw bone, and hair samples, are being reunited with her remains at Gorton Cemetery in east Manchester.

Her niece Jackie returned to pay her respects. She was 13 the first time she watched her aunt's burial.

Jackie said the reburial has brought painful memories back. Credit: MEN Media

Following the death of Ian Brady in May last year an audit was carried out and some of her remains were discovered at Leeds University where they had been kept on behalf of GMP.

They, along with items of clothing that were returned to the family only this summer, were placed in a velvet bag which Jackie passed to a funeral director at the graveside.

They were put inside Pauline's casket, which was opened after the bodies of three other family members in the grave were first exhumed.

Some of Pauline's remains were held by police for 30 years. Credit: MEN Media

Greater Manchester Police has paid for the cost of the exhumation and reburial of the bodies.

The force said last year it had become aware that human tissue belonging to Pauline had been stored in external premises on behalf of GMP.

The samples, they said, were originally held for investigative purposes.

Martin Bottomley, head of GMP's Cold Case Unit said: “This is a deeply sensitive matter and understandably it has caused some upset with the family however, we felt contacting them was the right thing to do and we have given them a number of options, all of which GMP will pay for.

“The Moors Murders was one of the most evil acts that happened in this country in the 20th century and although those responsible were brought to justice, we will continue to provide support to the families of the victims in any way that we can.”