A judge has ordered cops to continue looking into the identity of a mysterious skull discovered at an abandoned hotel in the north of England.
On Thursday an inquest opened at Bolton Coroners’ Court where authorities had hoped to find answers as to why an unidentified skull was found by « paranormal investigators » in March this year.
The grizzly discovery in woods outside the former Egerton House Hotel, Egerton has left detectives and locals puzzled with efforts to discover the identity of the skull left unsolved.
Just after midnight on March 1, a couple discovered the skull outside the abandoned hotel and immediately contacted police who spent a number of days investigating the area with forensic officers.
In court, coroner Dr Alan Walsh was told that there was still no identifiable information regarding the find, including the gender of the deceased, reports MEN.
Officers previously had reported that the skull was likely to have belonged to a male under 50 years of age.
Explaining how the skull was discovered, police officer Benjamin Dobbs told the inquest: « On March 1, 2021, human remains were found on the site of an abandoned hotel on Egerton Road, Bolton, by members of the public.
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« Police attended and a human skull was identified.
« The investigation into the origin of these remains is still ongoing. »
The coroner adjourned the hearing, instructing investigators to carry out further examinations and provide an update on « whether further remains will be found ».
Police have been at pains to stress to the public that they do not believe the discovery is linked to any other incidents.
When the skull was found close to the abandoned hotel in Egerton, Detective Inspector Debbie Hurst, of Greater Manchester Police’s Bolton CID, said it was a “very surprising discovery”.
“By the very nature of this discovery, we do understand some concern in the community and of course the sheer intrigue that this investigation brings with it, however we are confident that there is no threat to the public and that this isn’t currently linked to any other ongoing investigations, » she added.
“We are keen to establish the facts as soon as we can but the work that is ongoing must be conducted thoroughly and properly before we get to that stage. »