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New body part find is right leg

Police officers at cordon
The latest find was made near the northbound carriageway of the A10

Police investigating the discovery of human body parts in two counties have confirmed a right leg has been found.

Hertfordshire Police were called at about 1245 BST on Tuesday after a member of the public found the leg near a lay-by on the A10 Puckeridge bypass.

The latest find came after a man's head was found in a Leicestershire field and a forearm and left leg from the same body were found in Hertfordshire.

Police said the right leg was "highly likely" to be from the same victim.

New body part find is right leg

The left leg was found in a field near the A507 at Cottered on 22 March and the forearm was discovered in nearby Wheathampstead a week later.

The head was found on 31 March near a cemetery in Hoby Road, Asfordby.

Tests "forensically linked" the head with the forearm and left leg.

During a press conference at Stevenage police station, Det Ch Insp Michael Hanlon said the right leg was discovered in a bag and was placed about 20ft (6m) back from the lay-by in a wooded area.

He said: "In relation to the ongoing murder inquiry this body part has not yet been forensically linked although tests are being carried out to determine any link.

Police have searched four locations in Hertfordshire and Leicestershire

"Due to the rarity of such cases it is highly likely to belong to the same victim."

He said a post-mortem examination had been carried out on the right leg but detectives were still waiting for the results.

Det Ch Insp Hanlon also revealed further details about the victim's appearance.

He said the man is believed to have suffered from a form of fungal infection to his toenails and said it left his small toenails "discoloured and thickened" and said they curled under.

He added: "The victim had two front teeth missing. They are the front right tooth and the tooth to the immediate right of that.

"They are believed to have been missing for several years."

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