Man, 48, and woman, 33, arrested after body of newborn baby girl found in woodland
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Man, 48, and woman, 33, arrested after body of newborn baby girl found in woodland

A MAN and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder over the death of a newborn baby girl whose body was found in woodland.

The naked body of the infant, who detectives called Pearl, was found by a dog walker in Roch Valley Woods in Heywood, Greater Manchester on April 4.

Police have now arrested a 48-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman on suspicion of murder, as well as concealing a birth and preventing a lawful burial.

They are believed to be the child's parents, according to Manchester Evening News.

Both were in custody for questioning today.

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DSI Lewis Hughes, who headed up the GMP's Major Incident Team investigation, said: "In the past three months officers have been following extensive enquiries including DNA analysis to find out exactly what happened to Pearl.

"This continues to be an incredibly heart-breaking case for everyone involved - from the detectives working painstaking hours to find those responsible to members of the public that have felt the loss of Pearl.

"While we have two people in custody, our investigation is still very much ongoing and I would continue to urge anyone with even the smallest piece of information - no matter how insignificant it may seem - to please get in touch.

"We're committed to finding the truth for this little girl and truly believe the public could hold the key to this tragic case."