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Police close dig scene after search for remains of Moors Murders victim Keith Bennett

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Author Russell Edwards had told police he believed he had located the makeshift grave of 12-year-old Keith Bennett, pictured, who was murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in 1964 (Picture: PA)

Author Russell Edwards had told police he believed he had located the makeshift grave of 12-year-old Keith Bennett, pictured, who was murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in 1964 (Picture: PA)

A police scene on Saddleworth Moor, where experts were searching for the body of Moors Murders victim Keith Bennett, has been closed.

Forensic experts had scoured the site in search for the schoolboy’s body.

But despite investigations, there was no evidence to indicate human remains.

This afternoon, Greater Manchester Police confirmed the search scene would now close.

Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Jackson said: ‘Our actions in the last week or so are a highly visible example of what that response looks like, with the force utilising the knowledge and skills of accredited experts, specialist officers and staff.

‘It is these accredited experts and specialists who have brought us to a position from where we can say that, despite a thorough search of the scene and ongoing analysis of samples taken both by ourselves and a third party, there is currently no evidence of the presence of human remains at, or surrounding, the identified site on Saddleworth Moor.

‘However, I want to make it clear that our investigation to find answers for Keith’s family is not over.’

Undated handout file photo of Keith Bennett. Police investigating the death of the Moors Murders victim are probing the reported discovery of a human skull. The 12-year-old was one of five victims of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, with three of them later found buried on Saddleworth Moor. Issue date: Friday September 30, 2022. PA Photo. The schoolboy's body was never found following his disappearance in 1964 and 48 years later his mother, Winnie Johnson, died aged 78 without fulfilling her wish to give him a proper Christian burial. See PA story POLICE Moors. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The schoolboy’s body was never found following his disappearance in 1964 (Picture: PA)

Archaeologists began searching the area last week after author Russell Edwards said he believed he had located the makeshift grave of 12-year-old Keith, who was murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in 1964.

The Daily Mail reported Mr Edwards believed he had located the youngster’s remains following ‘extensive soil analysis’.

It is said he then commenced his own dig – close to where the other Moors Murders victims were found – and uncovered a skull with teeth present.

Mr Edwards had told BBC Radio Manchester he was ‘not wasting anyone’s time’ adding he was ‘convinced’ Keith’s body was on the Moors.

The discovery of a human skull had sparked a massive search on the Moors (Picture: PA)

Keith was last seen by his mother in the early evening of June 16, 1964 after he left home in Eston Street, Longsight, Manchester, on his way to his grandmother’s house nearby.

Brady and Hindley murdered five people in total, and three were later found buried on Saddleworth Moor.

The victims were: Pauline Reade, 16, who disappeared on her way to a disco on July 12, 1963; John Kilbride, 12, who was snatched in November the same year; Lesley Ann Downey, 10, who was lured away from a funfair on Boxing Day 1964; and Edward Evans, 17, who was axed to death in October 1965.

Brady and Hindley were caught after Edward’s murder and Lesley and John’s bodies were recovered from the moor.

They were taken to Saddleworth Moor to help police find the remains of the other victims, but only Pauline’s body was recovered.

Ian Brady and Myra Hindley never revealed the location of Keith’s body (Picture: PA)

Brady claimed he could not remember where he had buried Keith.

In 2009, police said a covert search operation on the moor, which used a wealth of scientific experts, also failed to discover any trace of the boy.

Hindley died in jail in 2002 at the age of 60 and Brady died in a high-security hospital in 2017 aged 79.

In 2012 – 48 years after Keith’s death – his mother Winnie Johnson died aged 78 without fulfilling her wish to give him a Christian burial.

Greater Manchester Police are due to hold a press conference this afternoon to give further updates on the dig.

A memorial to Winnie Johnson and Keith Bennett on Saddleworth Moor (Picture: Getty Images)

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Cheryl Hughes said today: ‘The items given to us by the member of the public have been examined by a forensic scientist and though this hasn’t yet indicated the presence of human remains – more analysis is required.

‘With regards to the photograph, we have sought the assistance of a forensic botanist. We are now utilising the knowledge and skills of a forensic image expert to put a standard anthropological measurement to the object to assist with identification.

‘At this stage, the indications are that it would be considerably smaller than a juvenile jaw and it cannot be ruled out that it is plant-based.

‘The excavation and examination at the site is complete and, to reiterate, we have found no evidence that this is the burial location of Keith Bennett.’

Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at webnews@metro.co.uk.

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Author Russell Edwards had told police he believed he had located the makeshift grave of 12-year-old Keith Bennett, pictured, who was murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in 1964 (Picture: PA)

Author Russell Edwards had told police he believed he had located the makeshift grave of 12-year-old Keith Bennett, pictured, who was murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in 1964 (Picture: PA)

A police scene on Saddleworth Moor, where experts were searching for the body of Moors Murders victim Keith Bennett, has been closed.

Forensic experts had scoured the site in search for the schoolboy’s body.

But despite investigations, there was no evidence to indicate human remains.

This afternoon, Greater Manchester Police confirmed the search scene would now close.

Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Jackson said: ‘Our actions in the last week or so are a highly visible example of what that response looks like, with the force utilising the knowledge and skills of accredited experts, specialist officers and staff.

‘It is these accredited experts and specialists who have brought us to a position from where we can say that, despite a thorough search of the scene and ongoing analysis of samples taken both by ourselves and a third party, there is currently no evidence of the presence of human remains at, or surrounding, the identified site on Saddleworth Moor.

‘However, I want to make it clear that our investigation to find answers for Keith’s family is not over.’

Undated handout file photo of Keith Bennett. Police investigating the death of the Moors Murders victim are probing the reported discovery of a human skull. The 12-year-old was one of five victims of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, with three of them later found buried on Saddleworth Moor. Issue date: Friday September 30, 2022. PA Photo. The schoolboy's body was never found following his disappearance in 1964 and 48 years later his mother, Winnie Johnson, died aged 78 without fulfilling her wish to give him a proper Christian burial. See PA story POLICE Moors. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The schoolboy’s body was never found following his disappearance in 1964 (Picture: PA)

Archaeologists began searching the area last week after author Russell Edwards said he believed he had located the makeshift grave of 12-year-old Keith, who was murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in 1964.

The Daily Mail reported Mr Edwards believed he had located the youngster’s remains following ‘extensive soil analysis’.

It is said he then commenced his own dig – close to where the other Moors Murders victims were found – and uncovered a skull with teeth present.

Mr Edwards had told BBC Radio Manchester he was ‘not wasting anyone’s time’ adding he was ‘convinced’ Keith’s body was on the Moors.

The discovery of a human skull had sparked a massive search on the Moors (Picture: PA)

Keith was last seen by his mother in the early evening of June 16, 1964 after he left home in Eston Street, Longsight, Manchester, on his way to his grandmother’s house nearby.

Brady and Hindley murdered five people in total, and three were later found buried on Saddleworth Moor.

The victims were: Pauline Reade, 16, who disappeared on her way to a disco on July 12, 1963; John Kilbride, 12, who was snatched in November the same year; Lesley Ann Downey, 10, who was lured away from a funfair on Boxing Day 1964; and Edward Evans, 17, who was axed to death in October 1965.

Brady and Hindley were caught after Edward’s murder and Lesley and John’s bodies were recovered from the moor.

They were taken to Saddleworth Moor to help police find the remains of the other victims, but only Pauline’s body was recovered.

Ian Brady and Myra Hindley never revealed the location of Keith’s body (Picture: PA)

Brady claimed he could not remember where he had buried Keith.

In 2009, police said a covert search operation on the moor, which used a wealth of scientific experts, also failed to discover any trace of the boy.

Hindley died in jail in 2002 at the age of 60 and Brady died in a high-security hospital in 2017 aged 79.

In 2012 – 48 years after Keith’s death – his mother Winnie Johnson died aged 78 without fulfilling her wish to give him a Christian burial.

Greater Manchester Police are due to hold a press conference this afternoon to give further updates on the dig.

A memorial to Winnie Johnson and Keith Bennett on Saddleworth Moor (Picture: Getty Images)

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Cheryl Hughes said today: ‘The items given to us by the member of the public have been examined by a forensic scientist and though this hasn’t yet indicated the presence of human remains – more analysis is required.

‘With regards to the photograph, we have sought the assistance of a forensic botanist. We are now utilising the knowledge and skills of a forensic image expert to put a standard anthropological measurement to the object to assist with identification.

‘At this stage, the indications are that it would be considerably smaller than a juvenile jaw and it cannot be ruled out that it is plant-based.

‘The excavation and examination at the site is complete and, to reiterate, we have found no evidence that this is the burial location of Keith Bennett.’

Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at webnews@metro.co.uk.

For more stories like this, check our news page.

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