Police investigating potential human remains discovered in a remote location on Saddleworth Moors - murder victim Keith Bennet's brother informed

Police are digging on Saddleworth Moors today for the first time in 35 years for Ian Brady and Myra Hindley’s last murder victim Keith Bennett after potential human remains were found.

National newspapers are today reporting that a skull has been found though it has not been confirmed by police.

GMP Force Review Officer Martin Bottomley said: “At around 11.25am on Thursday 29 September 2022, Greater Manchester Police was contacted by the representative of an author who has been researching the murder of Keith Bennett, a victim of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

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"Following direct contact with the author, we were informed that he had discovered what he believes are potential human remains in a remote location on the Moors and he agreed to meet with officers yesterday afternoon to elaborate on his find and direct us to a site of interest.

Moors murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley

“The site was assessed late last night and, this morning, specialist officers have begun initial exploration activity. We are in the very early stages of assessing the information which 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 kind.

“It is far too early to be certain whether human remains have been discovered and this is expected to take some time.

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“We have always said that GMP would act on any significant information which may lead to the recovery of Keith and reunite him with his family. As such, we have informed his brother of the potential development - he does not wish to be contacted at this time and asks that his privacy is respected.”

Bennett is the only victim of the Moors murders never to be found after Brady and Hindley refused to say where he was buried.

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Keith Bennett, who was last seen aged 12

The 12-year-old was last seen on June 16, 1964, when he left his family home to stay with his grandmother.