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Moors Murders: Keith Bennett’s brother fears body won’t be recovered despite breakthrough

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Schoolboy Keith was lured away by monsters Ian Brady and Myra Hindley on June 16, 1964 but his body has never been found despite numerous searches of the moor in the Pennines.

A police forensic team, assisted by firefighters, continued to search the remote location today, where two tents cover a small area of the moor, but it could be continued due to difficult conditions.

The new search for the 12-year-old’s remains began on Friday morning after author Russell Edwards, who has spent years trying to locate the body, told police a team of experts he brought together believed they had found a human jaw bone.

However, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) revealed today they have yet to see the suspected jaw bone and began the search on Friday after being shown photographs of it and the location it was found by Mr Edwards.

GMP Force Review Officer Cheryl Hughes said: “Following information received which indicated that potential human remains had been found on the Moors, specialist officers have today resumed excavation of a site identified to us.

“This information included photographs of the site and shows what experts working with the informant have interpreted as a human jaw bone. No physical evidence of a jaw bone or skull has been examined.

“However, based on the photographs and information provided, and in line with GMP’s usual practice to follow-up any suggestion of human burial, we began our search of the site of interest. We have not found any identifiable human remains but our work to excavate the site is continuing.

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“Conditions are difficult and it may take us some time to fully complete the excavation but we are committed to ensuring this is undertaken in the most thorough way possible.”

Keith’s brother, Alan Bennett, is not hopeful of anything being found and feared they were still looking in the wrong location.

In a post on Facebook, he said: “The forensic team will determine what is there once and for all, no matter how long it takes to excavate the area. Those are the facts so far.

“In my last contact (with police) I was told that nothing at all had been found on the moor and they are about three feet down with the excavation.

“Apart from believing this is the wrong location for Keith and all the previous graves have been shallow, why, if the police were taken to the location, has nothing been discovered as yet? I cannot escape the feeling that we have been here before.”

He added that he was hopeful the search would conclude quickly.

The force described on Friday the discovery as “potential human remains” but also that it was “far too early to be certain” if they were human and confirmation was “expected to take some time.”

GMP Force Review Officer Martin Bottomley said: “At around 11.25am on Thursday, 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.

“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.

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“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.”

Keith was one of five victims of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, who tortured, sexually abused and murdered them over two years in the 1960s before burying the bodies on the remote moor.

The bodies of four of the victims were found buried on the moor, but Keith’s have never been located. The pair were both jailed for life and Hindley died in jail aged 60 in 2002, while Brady lived until 79 and died in a high-security hospital in 2017.

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