Forensic experts want to examine headless skeletons found in Huntingdon garden

Claire Wheeler with daughter Jessie next to the area where the bones were found.

Claire Wheeler with daughter Jessie next to the area where the bones were found. - Credit: Archant

Forensic biologists want to examine other areas of a Huntingdon garden where two headless skeletons were found.

Police were called last Tuesday (September 16) to investigate the remains which were discovered at the house on Castle Moat Road, just off the ring road.

While the bones were originally thought to be about 150-years-old, experts at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge said they need to carry out carbon dating to give an exact date, although an archaeologist from Cambridgeshire County Council believes they could possibly be medieval.

However, they have confirmed that one of the skeletons was a man in his 20s who was between 5ft 5in and 5ft 9in tall, and the other a woman aged 30-39.

Kerry-Ann Milic, forensic anthropologist at the university, told The Hunts Post: “I have asked the police to contact the woman at the house on my behalf to see if we could examine her garden for anything else that might be there.

“At the moment, it’s a little bit unethical having the bones in different areas. I wouldn’t want to be in five different places.”

She added: “The first thing we would do is clean the bones so I can see all the relevant areas and then we have to determine the biological sex, usually from the skull or the pelvis.

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“Around puberty, females start to prepare for childbirth and their pelvises start to change. Before puberty, they look the same.”

The two skeletons were found under paving slabs by the house groundskeeper who was digging foundations for an extension.

House owner Claire Wheeler said: “He was totally shocked. He’s been doing this for about 30 or 40 years and I don’t think he has ever come across something like this. Animal bones maybe, but never human remains.”