A BABY found dead near Kirkham may have been there for up to a month, say detectives.
The child’s remains were discovered by dog walkers in Spen Brook, Carr Lane, Treales at the weekend and police launched a massive operation in a bid to find information about the baby and whoever left the body at the spot.
Pathologists have found it difficult to confirm the baby’s gender and ethnicity, or how the baby died, because the body had partly decomposed in the water.
But police believe the child was a white girl, aged between new-born and a month old.
Detectives have asked for a young girl seen pushing an empty pram close to the area to come forward.
The girl, believed to be in her late teens, was seen with the pushchair on a dirt track near Carr Lane, close to where the body of the infant was found.
And officers said the sighting of the girl – described as 5ft 5in tall, with dark hair pulled into a ponytail and wearing dark pants and a zip up top – around 7pm on Monday September 26 or Tuesday September 27 could be “crucial” to the investigation.
Senior investigating officer Det Supt Neil Esseen added: “This is the crucial lead we’re following at the moment. We want to trace this young girl.
“This information is new and I’d appeal for this person to come forward so they can be ruled out of the inquiry.
“I’d also extend the appeal to the Kirkham community and ask them to think back and see if they can remember witnessing a girl pushing a pram. Even the smallest pieces of information may prove crucial in finding out exactly what has happened.”
Det Supt Esseen added: “We believe the body could have been there for two weeks to one month, based on information from the pathologist.”
Police found a blue and white fleece found near to the body while nearby were two towels – one with the Union Flag on and another green towel by Renaissance – in a Blackpool Council branded bin bag.
“These items may mean nothing to people on their own, but together it might well be someone recognises them,” said Det Supt Esseen.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 08451 25 35 45, (01253) 361715 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.