Police are struggling for leads after a woman’s severed left foot was discovered on a country path.
The grim find, made by a dog walker as they strolled on a public footpath in New Waltham, North East Lincolnshire, is not a DNA match to anyone on police records.
Forensic experts say the appendage would belong to a woman aged over 16 and police are urging any recent amputees to come forward.
DCI Alan Curtis, senior investigating officer in the case which began after the discovery in April 2019, admitted he had a “very strange request”.
He said: “A team of detectives have been working tirelessly to ascertain the identity of the individual and to determine how the body part came to be on the path.
“One line of our enquiry is that the foot may have been clinical waste from a medical procedure.
“This line of enquiry cannot be ruled out without a full and thorough investigation.
“Although this must seem a very strange request we are now appealing for any female in the Humberside Police Force area and Lincolnshire that has had a medical procedure to remove her left foot since 2014 to contact us.
“The NHS have been able to provide certain information in relation to historical surgeries but this would not include any private medical procedures, so by issuing this appeal now we are hoping to rule out anyone within this category of patient.
“If you have had such a medical procedure in the past eight years whether through the NHS or through private medical services I would ask you to call us, your call will be treated with the utmost respect and privacy.
“I encourage anyone that would be in this category of amputees to contact us.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log 85 of April 25 2019.