A SEVERED human foot was found on a footpath in a sleepy village two years ago – and cops have now made a bizarre appeal for female amputees.
Detectives are desperately trying to trace the owner of the mystery body part, discovered by a dog walker in New Waltham, Lincs, in April 2019.
Forensic and DNA tests have failed to identify them, and searches of missing person records have left police stumped.
But experts have said they believe the foot belonged to a 5ft 2in woman aged over 16.
Detectives are now working on the theory that it may be "clinical waste".
They have asked female left foot amputees since 2014 in Lincolnshire and Humberside to get in touch.
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Curtis, senior investigating officer in the case, admitted it was a "very strange request".
MYSTERY BODY PART
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.
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