A murder inquiry is continuing today after a police officer found a human torso in a suitcase being carried by a couple on the English-Welsh border.
Since the grisly find in Gloucestershire, it is understood other body parts have been found in the surrounding area in the Forest of Dean.
Police sealed off a large area of the Forest yesterday and two people were arrested and taken into custody – a woman in her twenties from Birmingham and a man in his thirties from Wolverhampton.
It is believed they had been walking along a road near Coleford, when a passing police officer became suspicious of them and stopped to ask what was in the case.
Other body parts have also reportedly been found scattered nearby, as forensic tests are being carried out.
Three forensic tents, pictured today, are still in place at the entrance to the quarry on the closed A4136 in Gloucestershire, where human remains were found on Tuesday night
A map, pictured, shows where a man and a woman were arrested on the England-Welsh border after a human torso was found in a suitcase
A road closure is still in place and police remain at the scene today, pictured, after a torso was allegedly found in a suitcase
A police search team have today been scouring through woodland, pictured, next to Stowfield Quarry in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire Police officers, pictured today at the scene, continue to investigate as a man and a woman remain in custody
A car is pictured on the closed A4136 outside of Coleford, Forest of Dean today as police continue working on a murder investigation
Gloucestershire Police was today granted a 36-hour magistrates’ extension to continue questioning the two suspects after the remains were found at 11.30pm on Tuesday.
The force said forensic testing is ongoing to establish the identity of the victim as a post-mortem examination is also taking place.
A cordon was set up yesterday on the A4136 between Monmouth and Coleford and is expected to still be used into this evening.
A spokesman said: ‘Due to the ongoing investigation road closures and scene guards are likely to remain in place for at least the rest of today.
‘We would like to thank local residents and those impacted by the cordons for their patience during this time.’
It is not clear where exactly the suspected remains were found but police sealed off a large area and three tents were erected at the entrance to Stowfield Quarry.
One resident said yesterday: ‘The tents weren’t there when I went out this morning but they had appeared by the time I got back. I don’t know what’s going on but they say I can’t even walk along the road.
‘Somebody said they had found a body and the police say the road will be closed all day.’
Another resident who lives within the cordon said: ‘I don’t know what’s happening.
Police continue to search through woodland today, pictured, after other body parts were reportedly been found scattered nearby
Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after human remains were found in the Forest of Dean at around 11.30pm on Tuesday
Police were pictured at the entrance road to Stowfield Quarry as a murder investigation was launched near Coleford yesterday
The discovery was made at the entrance to the Stowfield Quarry and a large area remains cordoned off on the outskirts of Coleford, Gloucestershire
Police were pictured at the entrance road to Stowfield Quarry yesterday as the investigation continues
One resident said: ‘The tents weren’t there when I went out this morning but they had appeared by the time I got back. I don’t know what’s going on but they say I can’t even walk along the road’
‘I didn’t notice anything until I drove down the road and came to the road block. I asked if I could go through and they said yes but I might not be able to get back in again.
‘One of the officers said the road might be closed for a few days so it must be serious.’
The quarry is on Staunton Road and the closed section also contains a fishery, a former sawmill which now contains storage units, several houses and a campsite.
The main A4136 from Cinderford to Monmouth was blocked off at the bottom of the hill at Monmouth and there was a further roadblock at the Coleford traffic lights.
The roadblock at the lights was stopping traffic from Monmouth and Staunton turning right into Coleford or heading past the fishery to Berry Hill and beyond.
Both blocked-off sections of road would have caused chaos on a normal working day and key workers had to find detours through the lanes.