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Boy's body 'concealed' in gulley
Police and scenes of crime officers at the park
The body found in Whitehead Park has not yet been identified
Police investigating the death of a schoolboy say a number of different items were used to try to conceal a body found in a park near his home.

The body was found by officers searching for missing 11-year-old Joe Geeling in Bury, Greater Manchester.

It was found hidden in a wooded gulley in nearby Whitehead Park on Thursday but has not been formally identified.

Police were granted a further 36 hours to question a 14-year-old boy on suspicion of murder on Friday.

The teenager was arrested on Thursday.

11-year-old Joe Geeling
Joe Geeling was last seen in the Manchester Road area of Bury
Detectives were also searching a nearby house as part of the investigation into the discovery of the body.

The body was removed from the park on Friday evening and taken to a mortuary pending a post mortem examination on Saturday and a formal identification.

Joe, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, was last seen on Manchester Road on his way home from St Gabriel's RC High School.

His school is just a 15-minute walk from the youngster's home on Devon Street.

Alleyway blocked

Police forensic teams began searching the semi-detached house on Thursday, at about the same time they arrested the 14-year-old boy.

Officers were searching the back garden, inside the house and in a large tent erected in the front garden. The alleyway behind was blocked with police tape.

Head teacher Eddie P Robinson said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time."

Tributes to Joe Geeling
Joe's school friends laid tributes at the park on Friday
Supt Peter Scofield, of Greater Manchester Police, said a body had been found in a gulley shaded by trees at the side of the park, by officers who were searching the area.

Mr Scofield said he did not anticipate any more arrests would be made in connection with the discovery.

Police confirmed on Friday that the body was that of a boy of "school age". A spokeswoman added: "The body has not yet been formally identified and remains at the scene while forensic investigations continue."

Despite the body's identity not being confirmed, several of Joe's school friends have laid flowers at the park's entrance.




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