After almost 60 years of Moors murder incident, Police have restarted the search operation for the body of Keith Bennett, the only victim whose body was not found, after “potential human remains” were found on Saddleworth Moor.
Briefing about the search, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said that they had received information about a “site of interest” on Saddleworth Moor and that Keith’s brother had been told about the “potential development.” The initial exploration activity was started by the specialist officers after assessing the site.
The Greater Manchester Police officer, Martin Bottomley, said, “The police were contacted by the representative of an author who has been researching the murders. Following direct contact with the author, we were told that he had discovered potential human remains in a remote location on the Moors. He agreed to meet with the officers to explain his find and direct us to a site of interest, he added.
Keep reading this article to learn more about Keith Bennett, the Moors incident, and more!
Who happened to the Moors Victim, Keith Bennett?
Keith Bennett was one of the five victims of the UK’s most notorious killers, the Moors Murderers, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, who killed the children between July 1963 and October 1965. Keith was just 12-years-old when he was kidnapped by the Moors murderers almost 58 years ago, on June 16, 1964. He was on his way to see his grandmother in Chorlton-on-Medlock, in Manchester, when the incident occurred.
During the walk, Keith was lured into a van by Myra, who asked him to help load boxes and then drove him to a lay-by on the moor. Keith is the only victim of the infamous Moors murderers whose body was missing as the killers never disclosed anything about his location.
More about the incident
In 1986, police authorities searched Saddleworth Moor after reports that Myra Hindley and Ian Brady had confessed to his murder.
Initially, the Moor murderers, Hindley and Brady, were charged only with the murders of three children, Lesley Ann Downey, John Kilbride, and Edward Evans. However, in 1985, Brady also confessed to killing Keith Bennett and Pauline Reade.
Following his confession, police took both the murderers, separately, to the moors so that they could get some assistance in the search operation for the bodies. In 1987, Pauline’s body was found, but police were still unable to find the body of Keith Bennett.
Is Keith Bennett’s Body Found?
Keith Bennett was the only victim of the Moor murder whose body was never discovered. His mother, Winnie Johnson, spent her entire life trying to find her son’s body, even going to the moor herself with a spade. But she later died in 2012.
Even after 60 years of the murder, Keith’s body has not been found. But, all this may be about to change, as Greater Manchester Police have restarted searching for Keith’s body, by digging up Saddleworth Moor, after reports of finding a skull matching Keith’s description came into the limelight.
As per the reports, a child’s upper jaw and a full set of teeth have also been found. All these “human remains” are estimated to be of the Moors victim, Keith Bennett. However, the body is still not found and the search operation is currently going on.
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