Jersey abuse case: New finding could be more human remains

Jersey police excavating the care home where part of a child’s skull was found last month have removed what could be more human remains for forensic examination.

Specialist officers resumed their search of the Haut de la Garenne yesterday site after stopping work on Saturday to give forensic teams a day’s break.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday deputy police chief Lenny Harper said a few items had been removed but it was too early to say how significant the finds were.

A police spokesman said a sniffer dog trained to identify human remains had made a “positive indication” during an excavation of the site.

The remains, which could possibly be pieces of bone, are the latest development in the investigation into the children’s care home following abuse allegations from more than 100 victims dating back to the 1960s.

It comes as the first picture of a “torture chamber” below the care home was released by detectives.

A police spokesperson said the excavation of the the cellar area was ongoing and it was hoped entry would be gained to a second room by the end of the week.

The investigation’s manpower has been bolstered by the arrival of 12 more detectives as well as more staff in the police incident room.

A huge number of calls have already been received from witnesses and victims.

Results are still awaited from an examination of the skull fragment found on the site on February 23, the police spokesperson added.

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