Residents have been left with a mixture of emotions, including concern, after human remains were found in forests in Bristol.
Officers were called to a forest near Whittock Square in the Stockwood area of the city around 9:50 a.m. Sunday (November 14), after human remains were discovered.
Yesterday (Tuesday, November 16), forensic teams were seen into the woods, and a number of police vehicles remained at the scene – including a labeled ‘Scientific Investigations’.
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People living around Whittock Square have been left with a mixture of emotions, while others wonder what happened after a large police roadblock was placed around the woods.
A police spokesman said: “The death is currently being treated as unexplained and investigations are underway to determine the circumstances.
“The work of establishing the identity of the deceased is likely to take some time.”
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What the local reaction has been
Tony Renwick, 33, who lives in Whittock Square, said: “It’s pretty quiet around here, so I do not think it’s a murder or anything. I think the remains have been there for a while.
“There are lots of people saying different things. For example, it could be a homeless person, there are lots of sleeping bags down there, and everyone is throwing their junk down there, so there’s probably a lot of evidence to go through, as it’s a bit like a scrap yard down there.
“I’m not worried, I walk my dog down there every day and it’s a really ordinary path that’s really busy and everyone goes that way.
“One would think it would upset you as there are lots of police here every day but I would still walk my dog down there.
“I don’t think it’s anything to worry about, I think something was found or dumped there. There are also lots of animals that could have dug it up from somewhere else and brought it this way. “
An elderly gentleman who lives in Whittock Square but asked to remain anonymous said he thought the remains were “apparently old”, so he is “not really worried”.
Other residents living on the site told Bristol Live that they had been told similar things that the remains were not new and that they had been spotted by a neighbor who had cut wood in the woods.
Another anonymous resident added: “It’s a little bit worrying when you see all the police cars outside your house every day.”
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