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Police investigating discovery of a placenta in Southampton release new information to the public

Officers investigating the discovery of a human placenta in Southampton now have further detail around the likely ethnicity of the mother.


We have been carrying out enquiries since the placenta was found on a pathway in Holly Brook Park on Wednesday 21 June in order to determine the circumstances and ensure that the mother and baby involved are ok.


As part of our investigation recent analysis has been carried out by a genetic scientist, which has revealed that the DNA profile believed to have come from the mother of the baby is most likely to have a sub-Saharan heritage, most likely West African.


Detective Chief Inspector Elizabeth Pirie, who is leading the investigation, said: “As a result of these most recent findings we have been working with key community partners including The United Voice of African Associations and colleagues at Southampton City Council in order to seek support, guidance and advice.


“We are now focused on speaking to our African communities within Southampton in particular, in order to ascertain further information about the circumstances of this discovery, however we remain keen to speak to anybody who has information that may assist our enquiries. Perhaps you were in the area at the time and recall seeing something out of the ordinary, or maybe you know someone who was pregnant prior to 21st June, that you have concerns for?



Southampton Chief Inspector Marcus Kennedy said: “The reason we are placing such emphasis on understanding what has happened is that this was a very unusual occurrence in our force area and something that we have not seen before in Southampton. It’s crucial that we understand the circumstances and why the placenta was in this public area, to ensure that the mother and baby are not in distress and check that they are safe and well.


“We are now renewing our plea to members of the community to please come forward and assist us with any information, we need your support to help us understand the circumstances of this discovery and to ensure that the mother and baby are ok.


You can pass information to the police on 101 quoting the reference number 44230246419/Operation Holdo or go online and submit information at https://www.hampshire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/


You can also contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously via their website or by calling 0800 555 111. For more information on the Crimestoppers appeal related to this incident please visit https://crimestoppers-uk.org/news-campaigns/news/2023/sep/5-000-reward-over-discovery-of-baby%E2%80%99s-placenta-in-southampton


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