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Body parts washed up on coastline
Auchenmalg map
Investigations are continuing on the Galloway coastline
Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary have launched an investigation after parts of a human body were washed up on the Galloway coastline on Wednesday.

A woman out walking her dog found a human leg on the beach at Auchenmalg, between Port William and Glenluce.

Police and coastguard teams from Kirkcudbright and the Isle of Whithorn were drafted in to search the area.

They found a head and torso nearby which forensic experts will examine in order to attempt identification.

Badly decomposed

Insp Stephen Stiff said the remains were badly decomposed and had proved unidentifiable.

A detailed search of the shoreline was carried out on Thursday with further investigations planned.

Police believe the remains were washed up recently - they have been taken to Dumfries Infirmary where a post-mortem examination will be held.

They are unable to say where the body has come from but the area is notorious for bodies being washed up because of the currents in the Irish Sea and North Channel.

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