A 48-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, have been arrested on suspicion of murder, concealing a birth and preventing a lawful burial after a body of a baby was found in Heywood back in April.

The baby was found in in woodland off Peel Lane, Heywood, near to the old rubbish tip site on the 4th April.

An investigation into the circumstances was immediately launched and forensic examinations determined the baby – named by detectives as Pearl, meaning Precious, was born with a congenital defect that resulted in her missing two ribs.

In the past three months, officers have been following extensive enquiries including DNA analysis to find out exactly what happened to Pearl.

The two remain in custody for questioning and enquiries are ongoing.

Detective Superintendent Lewis Hughes, who headed up the Major Incident Team investigation, said: “This continues to be an incredibly heart-breaking case for everyone involved – from the detectives working painstaking hours to find those responsible to members of the public that have felt the loss of Pearl.

“While we have two people in custody, our investigation is still very much ongoing and I would continue to urge anyone with even the smallest piece of information – no matter how insignificant it may seem – to please get in touch.

“We’re committed to finding the truth for this little girl and truly believe the public could hold the key to this tragic case.”


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