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Human jawbone found near river

PUBLISHED: 09:23 21 March 2019 | UPDATED: 11:21 21 March 2019

Lots of police officers have been seen in Rowhedge, near Colchester in Essex, after a human jawbone was discovered Picture: JASON EWING

Lots of police officers have been seen in Rowhedge, near Colchester in Essex, after a human jawbone was discovered Picture: JASON EWING

JASON EWING

Essex Police are investigating after a fragment of human jawbone was found near a river in Rowhedge, near Colchester.

Sniffer dogs have also been spotted in the area surrounding the river, in Rowhedge near Colchester Picture: JASON EWINGSniffer dogs have also been spotted in the area surrounding the river, in Rowhedge near Colchester Picture: JASON EWING

Officers made the discovery on Saturday afternoon.

Lots of police officers were spotted in the village yesterday, with some areas cordoned off with tape.

Essex Police are investigating after a human jawbone was found near a river in Rowhedge, near Colchester Picture: JASON EWINGEssex Police are investigating after a human jawbone was found near a river in Rowhedge, near Colchester Picture: JASON EWING

Sniffer dogs were also there, and witnesses reported seeing unmarked police cars in the area.

One neighbour said officers had been searching overnight.

Several police officers have been spotted near the river in Rowhedge in Essex Picture: JASON EWINGSeveral police officers have been spotted near the river in Rowhedge in Essex Picture: JASON EWING

Tents have gone up and police have returned to the scene today to continue their investigation.

A spokesman for Essex Police confirmed they were investigating the incident.

They said: “We were called at 2.35pm on Saturday, March 16, with reports a jawbone believed to be human had been found along a river walk in Rowhedge.

“Enquiries are ongoing.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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