Moors murders police looking for Keith Bennett call in drones to continue search

Police brought in a drone to help search for missing Moors murder victim Keith Bennett.

It comes as his brother Alan revealed he was "frustrated, annoyed and confused" at a writer’s claims to have found a child’s bones.

Officers were seen using the unmanned craft to scour the rugged landscape after a three-day examination of the site failed to unearth any human remains.

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Author Russell Edwards directed police to the spot claiming to have found what he said could "only be Keith" whose body remains undiscovered 58 years after he was murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

Following a personal seven-year hunt for the missing 12-year-old’s remains the writer said he stumbled on a 5ft by 3ft barren "white patch" near where the couple buried their other victims on Saddleworth Moor near Manchester.

After digging 2ft down the ex-gravedigger said he was overcome by the stench of death.

An archaeologist who examined photos from the dig claimed she spotted what appeared to be a child’s jaw bone.

Police started digging on Friday but had last night found nothing despite delving down more than 3ft – deeper than the killer couple buried their four other victims.

Posting on Facebook Keith’s brother and closest surviving relative Alan said he was "confused to say the very least" at why the dig had yielded no results.

He said: "I am just getting frustrated, annoyed, confused and feeling a lot more emotions because there is more to this than meets the eye.

"I cannot understand why that bloke appears not to have been exact in his information to the police about the location.

"Surely he cannot have forgotten exactly where it is after his claims about his years of investigations.

"Just a few of the hundreds of thoughts running through my mind.

"There’s a lot more I would like to say and ask but out of respect and gratitude for the cold case team and the forensic team I’ll keep quiet for now."

Greater Manchester Police senior investigating officer Cheryl Hughes said officers had not found "any identifiable human remains", adding: "Our work to excavate the site is continuing.

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"Conditions are difficult and it may take us some time to fully complete the excavation but we are committed to ensuring this is undertaken in the most thorough way possible."

Brady, who claimed he had forgotten where he buried Keith, died in 2017 and Hindley in 2002.

Keith’s mum Winnie Johnson regularly returned to the Moor in the hope of finding her son before her 2012 death.


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