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Detectives ask for help over 2010 discovery of human finger

'We have now exhausted all lines of inquiry and have been unable to find out who the finger belongs to and how the finger became detached in the first place'

06 July, 2017 — By Geoffrey Sawyer

Detectives are appealing for information about a human finger that was found in Bloomsbury almost seven years ago.

The finger was found by a dog from a neighbouring property in the rear courtyard area of an unused shop in Woburn Walk on 4 December 2010, police said today (Thursday).

Officers carried out an extensive search of the area but did not find any more remains.

Subsequent analysis confirmed it was a human finger, belonging to a male, and DNA was obtained.

Officers immediately set-out trying to match the finger to its owner, but the DNA did not match any missing person or crime reports at the time.

Some focus of investigation in 2010 centred around the 7/7 London terrorist attack due to locality. The DNA was compared to all victims and survivors and was found not to be linked.

The DNA has since been loaded onto the national missing person database, but officers are still no closer to making a match or knowing the circumstances of how the finger became parted from its owner.

Detectives are now appealing for the public to share any information they may have to help solve the mystery.

DC Tom Boon, from the Central North Command’s Missing Persons Unit, said: “We have now exhausted all lines of inquiry and have been unable to find out who the finger belongs to and how the finger became detached in the first place. It is quite the mystery.

“We are now appealing for the public to help us solve the case. If anyone has any information, no matter how small or insignificant they think it is, we would urge them to contact us. It would be great to be able to find out who the finger belongs to after all these years.”

Anyone with information should contact the Central North Command’s Missing Persons Unit on 07881 330963 or 020 8733 6543, or police via 101 or Twitter @MetCC.

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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