Forensic experts investigating the discovery of a human foot in Grimsby believe it belongs to a woman over the age of 16.
Initial examinations indicate that it was deliberately dismembered at “some point during the last 12 months.”
Humberside Police are examining local and national reports of missing people after searches in the area were unsuccessful.
The experts believe the foot is that of a woman around 160cm tall, or approximately 5 feet 2 inches.
As previously reported, a dog walker made the shocking discovery near the old railway track at Louth Road in New Waltham at around 6.45am on Thursday, April 25.
Detective Chief Inspector Al Curtis, who is leading the investigation, said: “Forensic specialists are continuing to assist us with further examination of the foot and small section of lower leg to help establish the circumstances of how it came to be found in the area.
“Initial indications are that it is a woman over the age of 16, who is around 160cm tall – which is approximately 5ft 2in. However, this information is from preliminary pathological findings and as such we cannot rule anything out at this stage.
“Pathologists have also indicated that the foot is likely to have been deliberately dismembered and that they believe this has happened at some point during the last 12 months.
“Our main focus is to establish who the woman is and how her foot came to be found here.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log 85 of April 25. It can also be reported through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.