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Police link second body part find

Police cordon
Police have started searching the area around Drovers Lane

Part of a human arm has been found in a country lane in Hertfordshire a week after the discovery of a severed leg about 20 miles away.

The forearm was found on Sunday by walkers in Drovers Lane in the village of Wheathampstead.

Hertfordshire Police said it was "highly likely" there was a link between the latest discovery and the limb found in Cottered on 22 March.

The left leg was discovered in a green Gulliver bag in a lay-by off the A507.

Following the discovery of the leg, police said they were starting a murder inquiry.

Skin condition

The forearm, which was missing the hand, was found on the grass verge in Drovers Lane but without clothing and was not contained in anything.

Det Ch Insp Mick Hanlon said: "It is highly likely to be linked to the leg discovered in Cottered last Sunday, but we will not have definitive confirmation until more tests have been carried out.

"This is a very unusual incident and we are working meticulously to establish who the body parts belong to and how they came to be in Cottered and Wheathampstead."

Farmland sealed off
A local resident discovered the leg 20 miles away at Cottered

The forearm was sent for a forensic examination at The Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

One of the things police said they wanted to determine was if it had been dragged to the spot in Drovers Lane by animals.

Tests on the leg revealed it came from an adult who was between 5ft 6in (1.67m) and 5ft 10in (1.78m).

His shoe size was between a seven and a nine.

The man also had a skin condition which caused discolouration in the pigmentation of the skin around the ankle.

There was a further skin condition on the lower leg causing the skin to "scale".

Hertfordshire Police believe the holdall containing the leg was deposited on either Saturday 21 March, or early the following day.

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