On June 16, 1964, the 12-year-old was being followed by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley when they abducted him.
Skull discovered on Manchester Moors prompts police to search for victims Keith Bennett, Ian Brady, and Myra Hindley.
Following the discovery of a skull thought to belong to a youngster between the ages of 12 and 14, police are searching Saddleworth Moor for murder victim Keith Bennett. Ian Brady and Myra Hindley abducted the youngster 58 years ago, and his corpse was tragically never recovered. Now, police are getting ready to dig up a specific region in the hopes of recovering Bennett’s bones.
Greater Manchester Police forensic anthropologists were looking at suspected body tissue samples recovered from the moors last night in the hopes of making a breakthrough in the famed Moors Murder case, which has been unsolved for 60 years. According to The Mirror, Keith Bennett is the only victim of Brady and Hindley whose body has never been located, and his assassins have refused to reveal where it is.
The most recent development happened when author Russell Edwards assembled an outstanding team of professionals to work on the case. The “grave cut” was remotely overseen by forensic archaeologist Dawn Keen, an expert in the study of human remains, according to the Daily Mail. I do think there are human remains there, she added yesterday. They must search.
“I could make out the teeth, the canines, the incisors, and the first molar from the images. It is the upper jaw’s left side. It cannot possibly be an animal.” An unidentified archaeologist adds: “It is a skull of a person. Nothing else can exist.” The skull is thought to be Keith’s, but rigorous DNA testing will need to be done before this can be formally confirmed. “This is about peace for Keith and closure for the family,” Mr. Edwards continued.
The most notorious murderers in British history, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, abducted and killed five children between July 1963 and October 1965, a period of 18 months. For the slayings of Manchester-area residents Pauline Reade, 16, John Kilbride, 12, Keith Bennett, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17, the two received life sentences in prison.
The young people were enticed to their deaths by Brady and Hindley, who were both in their 20s at the time. They sexually assaulted their victims before burying them on Saddleworth Moor in the Pennines above Manchester.