A wealthy British neighborhood is in shock after a plumber discovered a baby’s body in the garden drain of an older couple’s house late last week.
The plumber had been called to clear a blockage Thursday at the home in Grimsby when when he found the baby’s body in a bag in an outdoor garden drain, The Daily Mail reports.
Detective Chief Inspector Bob Clark said police do not know many details yet, but the baby’s body probably had been in the drain for a while.
A post mortem examination on Monday revealed that the baby was a boy and full-term, but otherwise proved inconclusive, according to ITV News.
“However, the cause of his death has not been determined,” Detective Constable Christine Calvert said. “It is also unknown how long his body had been [on site], but items found with him suggest it was likely to have been post-2013.”
The baby boy’s body will undergo further testing and DNA sampling, according to the report. Police said they are looking for the mother and asking anyone with information about the incident to come forward.
“I would personally like to take this opportunity to appeal to anyone who may have information relevant to this inquiry – no matter how insignificant they believe it to be – to come forward to us,” Calvert said.
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On Thursday, the teacher and his wife who own the house said they called the police when the plumber discovered the body. The couple are in their late 50s and have lived in the neighborhood for many years, according to reports.
“It’s just awful what has happened,” the wife said. “It was a shock, and it is so sad.”
A retired doctor and neighbor of the couple said the tragic situation could have happened to anyone on their street.
“Anything could be put in someone’s drains because the street is so open – it’s not like a cul-de-sac,” he said. “All of our drains are accessible from our back gardens and are separate from each other.
He speculated: “There’s a hospital up the road and the university. It could be someone trying to hide it or cover up their pregnancy. With this kind of thing, sometimes they avoid the hospital – and the midwife.”
Another neighbor Nigel Grocott described the neighborhood as along a main road that is “busy, busy.”