Body discovered in Northampton woodland may have been there "for some time"

Police call in Home Office pathologists after walker uncovers remains in Lings Wood

By Kevin Nicholls
Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 11:52 am
Remains were uncovered in Lings Wood yesterday (Monday)
Remains were uncovered in Lings Wood yesterday (Monday)

Police believe a body discovered in woods in Northampton yesterday may have been there "for some time."

Local detectives drafted in Home Office pathologists in a bid to identify remains of a man which were found by a member of the public walking in Lings Wood at around 5.25pm on Monday (May 4).

Detective Inspector Tony Kennedy, said: “We are in the very early stages of this investigation and our primary aim at the moment is to determine whether this man died in suspicious circumstances or not.

“We believe his body has been in the area for some time and a Home Office pathologist is assisting us with identifying the remains.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have information about who this man might be, or who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area, to please contact us on 101, or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."

A body discovered by children during a Wildlife Trust clean-up of the Lings Wood area in 2002 has never been identified despite a cold case review six years ago.

It is thought the body was undiscovered in undergrowth for up to a year.

Boffins created a clay model showing what the man's face would have looked like, but police still drew a blank.

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