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Skull found near motorway junction thought to be adult male

Published 21/08/2015

The road closure at junction 4 of the M54 where a skull was found on the embankment. (PA/West Midlands Emergency Alerts)
The road closure at junction 4 of the M54 where a skull was found on the embankment. (PA/West Midlands Emergency Alerts)

A skull found near a motorway junction is thought to be that of an adult male.

The skull and other skeletal remains, discovered in Telford, Shropshire, are thought to have lain undiscovered for at least two years.

Police closed off the entry slip road to the eastbound M54 at junction 4 on Thursday after the skull was found by maintenance workers conducting a routine survey of an embankment.

Forensic examinations, excavations and searches are being carried out at the scene by police search teams supported by experts in archaeology and anthropology.

The Shropshire Coroner has been informed of the find but officers have yet to link the remains to a specific person.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jamieson, of West Mercia Police, said "It is essential that we complete a detailed and thorough search of the area to establish if any further remains are present.

"We remain open-minded as to how this individual happened to be at this location.

"We have been in contact with neighbouring and regional forces and have requested information in relation to those individuals who have been missing for a significant amount of time across the region."

The officer added: "Although it is very early days we believe these remains have been at the location in excess of two years.

"We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the investigation and Highways England for their support in traffic management."

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