A human skull has been unearthed by a digger at the site of the Co-operative Group’s new £100 million headquarters in Manchester.
Police have confirmed tests are now underway to try to identify the person, who was believed to be a white woman aged between 16 and 30.
A post-mortem examination has revealed that the woman suffered a fractured jawbone, collarbone and neck. However it is unclear how long the remains have been at the site.
A blue jumper and bra were recovered among the remains, which were wrapped in blue carpet.
Detective chief inspector Jeff McMahon described the death as “highly suspicious”.
“We have a team of trained detectives trying to establish who she is and what has happened to her,” he said.
The find was made on 25 January by workmen at the former slum area known as Angel Meadows, between Angel, Dantzic and Miller streets.