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The death is being treated as “unexplained” by police, who have sealed off the woods near North Sands cove in Salcombe, Devon. The fire and ambulance service have both assisted with the investigation after the body was found on Sunday.
Police confirmed the remains have been found without a head, Devon Live reports.
But they also said the body which has been found is definitely not that of young mum Patricia Allen, who disappeared in the affluent seaside town 46 years ago.
Her disapperance and that of her children rocked Salcombe in the 1970s.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Enquiries remain ongoing into an unexplained death after a body was found in a wooded area near Bennett Road, Salcombe, on Sunday June 27.
“A number of enquiries will be carried out in Salcombe over the coming days, and it is likely that the local community will continue to see a high level of police activity.
“We thank them for their support and if anyone has any information please email [email protected] or call 101, quoting reference number 0700 of Sunday 27 June.”
And a senior police source said: “The body that has been found is definitely 100 per cent not that of Patricia Allen.”
Photos show the woodland, usually popular with dog walkers, is sealed off three days after the gruesome discovery.
A Special Ops tent has been erected as forensic officers carry out work.
It is expected the large operation will continue for some days in the tourist town.
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