The search for the body of one of the Moors’ murder victims, Keith Bennett, continues a second day after “potential human remains” were recently found on the moors.
Police guarded the scene on Saddleworth Moor overnight after an amateur detective recently unearthed part of a skull believed to belong to the boy in a remote location.
Keith Bennett, 12, was one of five children tortured and killed by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in the 1960s. His remains are believed to be buried somewhere on the moors, but his body has never been recovered.
The search comes after Greater Manchester Police were contacted by an author who “informed that he had discovered what he believed to be potential human remains in a remote location in the Moors”.
Its discovery prompted a broader excavation of the area by firefighters and specialized GMP officials, who continued the search Saturday morning.
It will be weeks before the skull fragment can be identified, but forensic experts are hoping any additional remains discovered at the scene will soon be confirmed as belonging to Keith.
It is understood that a tiny piece of clothing was also found buried 3 feet below ground alongside the suspected skull.
Keith Bennett was just 12 years old when he was lured into the back of a van by Myra Hindley, who was driving to a rest stop on Saddleworth Moor with her lover and fellow murderer Ian Brady and murdered the boy.
The twisted couple’s four other victims, Pauline Reade, 16, John Kilbride, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17, were found buried in a similar bog area several decades ago, but Keith’s body has never been found.
The new evidence comes from author and amateur detective Russell Edwards, who has reportedly spent over seven years studying the cold case after developing a “lifelong obsession” with unsolved mysteries.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “It’s been a lifelong obsession for me with big unsolved cases. I started getting into the story, which was Brady’s fascination.’
Edwards said he focused much of his search on an area of the moors called Eagle Rock, an area Brady is believed to have revisited with a former GMP detective after his imprisonment in 1966.
He recalled, “I looked at the meaning of Eagle Rock because at the time that Peter Topping interviewed him, Brady wanted to go back there. They never looked any further there, but my biggest question was why not?’
After a thorough survey of the area, Edwards conducted several searches, but his efforts turned up nothing. But after nearly giving up after several aborted attempts, Edwards decided to conduct a final search of the moorland in July, hoping to find a lead to Mr Bennett’s whereabouts.
He told the Mail: “I came down from Eagle Rock. If I saw anything going down there, I figured I’d take a sample. At the end of the day I looked up at the hill and thought I’m not going back there. It’s a very treacherous ground.
“In the middle of the long grass was a white spot. It was a completely different color, it had no growth on it. I found that strange. Thought I might as well take a sample of that… It was a grave size about 5 feet by about 3 feet.
“When taking soil samples, you usually always come across granite or stone. This time the sample went in really easily, suggesting it may have been dug up before.
GMP Force Review Officer Martin Bottomley said: “At around 11.25am on Thursday 29 September 2022, Greater Manchester Police were contacted by the representative of an author investigating the murder of Keith Bennett, a victim of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley Has.
“After contacting the author directly, we were informed that he had found what he believes to be potential human remains at a remote location in the Moors, and he agreed to meet with officials yesterday afternoon to review his find to explain further and to refer us to a source of interest.
“The site was assessed late last night and specialist officials began initial exploration activities this morning.
“We are at a very early stage in evaluating the information that has been brought to our attention, but have made the decision to act on it in line with a normal response to a report of this nature.
“It is far too early to be sure if human remains have been discovered and it is expected to take some time.
“We have always said that GMP would act on any important information that could lead to Keith’s recovery and reunite him with his family.
“As such, we have informed his brother of the possible development – he does not wish to be contacted at this time and asks that his privacy be respected.”
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/10/01/search-continues-for-moors-murder-victim-after-skull-found-in-moors-17485972/ The search for the Moors' murder victim continues after the skull is found on the moors