A severed head found in a quarry is NOT connected with the tragic Natalie Hemming case, police confirmed this afternoon (Wednesday, May 18).
Friends of the “kind and caring” mum-of-three, who was last seen in Hemel Hempstead, were horrified to learn of the discovery in Cambridgeshire on Monday.
Natalie has not been seen for 17 days, and the initial missing person hunt swiftly become a grim murder investigation when her partner Paul Hemming was arrested and charged with murder.
Police have scoured MK and surrounding areas for her body, to no avail.
When the news came that a decapitated human head had been found in a quarry 50 miles away in Cambridgeshire, police said they were keeping an “open mind” about any link to Natalie’s disappearance.
The popular mum lived on Newton Leys, next to Bletchley landfill site.
Suspicions were alerted as police believed the severed head had travelled to the quarry on landfill trucks via Sharnbrook in Bedfordshire.
Today a post mortem failed to confirm whether the head was male or female.
But experts could confirm that the victim’s death dated back at least 14 months, before January 2015.
Detectives from the Beds, Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit will now continue to work with specialists in order to establish the gender and identity of the deceased.
Meanwhile Natalie’s friends on Newton Leys have received the news with relief.
“It was awful to think that such a lovely person could have died in such a brutal way. All we can hope is that she did not suffer,” said one.