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Woman's bones 'named' by viewers on BBC's Crimewatch

Court shoe foud near the skelton in a carpet in Manchester
The court shoe was found near the remains and is thought to belong to the victim

Detectives trying to identify a woman whose remains were found rolled up in a carpet are investigating possible names given by Crimewatch television viewers.

The murder inquiry was aired on the BBC programme on Thursday night.

A piece of plastic found near the skeleton on a building site in Manchester may also hold clues.

Det Ch Insp Jeff McMahon told the programme: "We've had a good response, with some new names that are fresh to the inquiry."

He said police would continue to look into the new names as well as extracting DNA from the body.

"We'll use that [the DNA] for elimination purposes to compare against the names that have come in and hopefully we will get a hit," he added.

Greater Manchester Police has also released more photographs of items found near the woman's body.

Fractured neck

The piece of plastic is believed to be part of a Guinness measuring chart dating back to the late 1960s. A heeled black court shoe was also found.

Workmen made the discovery on 25 January at a site in Miller Street, near the CIS Tower.

Guinness measuring chart fragment found near the skeleton
The piece of plastic may hold 'vital clues' , detectives have said

A post-mortem examination found the woman had a fractured neck, collarbone and jaw and police believe she was killed in the 1970s.

A blue jumper and blue or green bra were recovered among the remains, while a green pinafore with large buttons was found nearby.

The pinafore has a distinctive design and police are hoping someone recognises the items.

The land where the skeleton was found is a redevelopment site located between Angel Street, Dantzic Street and Miller Street.

The area is known as Angel Meadow, a notorious Manchester slum in the mid-19th Century which was famously described by Friedrich Engels as "hell upon earth".

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