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Police confirm that human leg found in River Irwell belongs to missing Hale woman

By David Prior at

Police have confirmed that a human leg found in the River Irwell belongs to missing Hale woman Marie Scott.

Marie, 58, had not been seen since leaving her home on Sandileigh Avenue on December 18th 2017, and CCTV had captured her boarding a tram at Altrincham Metrolink station.

Marie Scott captured at Altrincham Interchange on the day she disappeared

Shortly before 9am on Wednesday 28th November, police were called to a report that suspected human remains had been seen in the River Irwell near to Whit Lane, Pendleton.

Officers and specialist underwater teams attended and, following forensic examination, it was confirmed to be a human leg.

DNA testing has now confirmed the devastating news that the leg belongs to Marie.

Marie’s family have been informed and are being provided with support from officers.

Police said that enquiries into the circumstances surrounding her disappearance were ongoing but there were not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and no one else was believed to be involved in her disappearance.

Detective Inspector Simon Akker, of GMP’s Trafford Borough, said: “This is an absolutely heart-breaking development in the investigation to find Marie and her family are understandably distraught by the news.

“Having been personally involved in the search to find Marie and met with her family on a number of occasions, I know the devastating impact this will have on them.

“Our efforts now will focus on doing everything we can to ensure we can provide the family with the support and answers they deserve.”