Forensic step forward in case review

Wax head used to help identify the woman in Sutton Bank body
Wax head used to help identify the woman in Sutton Bank body

OFFICERS working on a “cold case review” of what is known as the Sutton Bank body have managed to produce full composite DNA profile to help with their investigation.

The woman’s remains were exhumed on January 24 this year as part of a review of several cases and scientists were able to successfully obtain the samples to produce the DNA profile.

Officers have also renewed their appeal for anyone who believes the woman may be a relative to contact the investigation team.

Det Supt Lewis Raw, who is leading the cold case review, said: “We are very pleased with the outcome of the tests. Due to the length of time the body had been buried at the cemetery in Malton, there was a possibility that a full profile might not be obtained.

Obtaining a full composite profile enhances the lines of investigation we can undertake.

“Producing the profile was a very complex procedure and I would like to express our thanks to the Forensic Science Service for their assistance with the investigation.

“We will now begin the process of seeking to identify the woman by comparing her DNA profile with existing records, in addition to working with the families or friends of missing persons who have come forward following publicity about the case.”

The woman was described as: 5ft 2ins tall, over 35 years old, all her upper teeth were missing – she had an upper dental plate fitted and she had just six lower teeth – and she had short dark hair.

The DNA profile will also be checked against national databases and anyone with any information is urged to contact Det Supt Raw on 101.