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Man and woman held over death of baby found in woods in Heywood

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

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

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

Detective Superintendent Lewis Hughes, who headed up the Major Incident Team investigation, said: “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.”

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