The search for one of the victims of the Moors’ murders will continue for the “foreseeable” future, police say.
Hopes have been raised that Keith Bennett may finally be found, but no human remains have yet been identified, police say.
This is despite the reported Discovery of a skull last week and officers using drones to aid their investigation.
The revelation sparked a new dig about the Moors, nearly 60 years after Keith’s disappearance in 1964.
The 12-year-old was one of five victims of notorious serial killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley – but the only one whose remains were never discovered.
Three bodies were later found buried on Saddleworth Moor in the Peak District, but Keith’s mother Winnie Johnson died aged 78 without knowing where her son was.
She never fulfilled her wish to have the schoolboy from Manchester buried in a Christian manner.
But new hopes of finding his remains were reignited on Friday when the Daily Mail revealed author Russell Edwards believes he has found the youngster’s makeshift grave following an “extensive soil analysis”.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) began excavating an area on the moors following the revelations and officers were pictured working in tents and using drones to assist them.
Mr Edwards is said to have previously started his own excavation, near where the other victims of the Moors Killings were found, and uncovered remains, including teeth.
Independent experts reportedly concluded they were human.
The team said a tiny piece of clothing was found along with part of a skull at a depth of 0.9 meters near the other victims.
However, in a statement on Saturday, Greater Manchester Police said photos of the site showing what had been interpreted as a human jawbone had not led to physical evidence being examined.
In an update from yesterday with As the search continues, Chief Inquiry Officer Cheryl Hughes said: “Following information received suggesting potential human remains have been found on the moors, specialist officers from GMP today resumed excavation at a site identified by the force.
“We have not found any identifiable human remains, but excavation work at the site is ongoing and will continue for the foreseeable future.”
Keith was last seen by his mother in the early evening of June 16, 1964, after leaving his home in Longsight to visit his grandmother, who lived nearby.
Brady and Hindley lured him into a van before killing him.
Her other victims were Pauline Reade, 16; John Kilbride, 12; Lesley Ann Downey, 10; and Edward Evans, 17.
They died in a series of brutal and sexual murders that horrified the public between 1963 and 1965.
The killers were caught after Edward’s murder before the bodies of Lesley and John were recovered from the moor.
Brady and Hindley were taken to Saddleworth Moor to help police locate the remains of the other victims, but only Pauline’s body was recovered in 1987.
Brady claimed he couldn’t remember where he buried Keith.
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In 2009, police said an undercover search of the bog, involving a plethora of scientific experts, also found no trace of the boy.
Hindley died behind bars in 2002 at the age of 60, while Brady died in a maximum security hospital in 2017 at the age of 79.
The couple had been imprisoned in 1966.
Brady never expressed remorse for the murders, and the judge at his trial branded them both “unbelievably evil.”
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