Police continue to appeal for assistance following human placenta discovery, as witness previously sought comes forward
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Officers investigating the discovery of a human placenta in Southampton continue to appeal to anyone who has concerns for a woman or girl within their community.
As part of our enquiries into the discovery, which took place on Wednesday 21 June in the Holly Brook Park area, we have been reviewing large amounts of footage, covering a number of days, from the nearby area and yesterday (Monday 7 August) we released an image of a potential witness who we urged to make contact with police.
The man in the image has now made contact with us.
We are still keen to speak to anyone who has concerns for someone close to them who may have recently given birth, whether it be a friend, family member, co-worker or anyone within their local community.
Detective Chief Inspector Elizabeth Pirie, who is leading this complex enquiry said: “We remain extremely concerned for the welfare of the mother who recently gave birth, we believe between June 17th and 21st in the Holly Brook Park area.
“Our number one priority is the welfare of both the mother and child involved, and as such we need anyone with concerns for a girl or woman they know to make contact with us.
“We recognise that the mother may be fearful of identifying herself and she needs your help to get the care she and her baby desperately need.
“The trauma experienced by giving birth alone will continue to affect her unless she receives the appropriate support as soon as possible, even if she believes she is ok.
“If you have information regarding a woman or girl you think may have been pregnant, or whose behaviour has been unusual or out of character over the past few months, including withdrawing from friends, family and social ties, please forward their name to any of the contacts below. All names will be treated with the upmost discretion and can easily be discounted from enquiries without delay, if they are not the mother we are seeking.
“The mother and child desperately need help. Please help us to help them.”
Anyone with information should call 101, quoting reference Op Holdo/44230246419.
You can also call Crimestoppers to give information 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or make contact with your local hospital, GP or walk-in centre.