Police dig for Moors murder victim Keith Bennett after skull reportedly found
Police are digging on Saddleworth Moor near Manchester after a skull allegedly belonging to Moors murder victim Keith Bennett was discovered.
Keith was murdered at the age of 12 by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley 58 years ago, but his body has never been found. Brady passed away in 2017, and Hindley in 2002.
On Thursday morning, Greater Manchester police were notified of the discovery, which was made by a group of amateurs looking for Keith’s body.
While it is too early to confirm whether human remains have been discovered, police have notified Keith’s closest surviving family member, his brother Alan.
“At around 11.25 am on Thursday 29 September 2022, Greater Manchester police was contacted by the representative of an author who has been researching the murder of Keith Bennett, a victim of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley,” said Greater Manchester police.
“We were informed, following direct contact with the author, that he had discovered what he believes to be potential human remains in a remote location on the Moors, and he agreed to meet with officers yesterday afternoon to elaborate on his find and direct us to a site of interest.”
“The site was assessed late last night, and specialist officers began initial exploration activity this morning.” We are still in the early stages of assessing the information that has been brought to our attention, but we have decided to act in accordance with a normal response to a report of this nature.
Following the Evans murder, the killers were apprehended, and Lesley and John’s bodies were recovered from the moors.
Both Brady and Hindley were returned to Saddleworth Moor to assist police in locating the remains of the missing victims, but only Pauline’s body was found. Brady claimed he had forgotten where he had buried Keith.
Keith’s body is the only one that has yet to be discovered.
Winnie Johnson, his mother, continued to visit Saddleworth Moor until her death in August 2012.