A HUMAN skull has been found in a duck pond in Lincolnshire.
Police launched a major investigation after the remains were discovered in a remote area of farmland near Louth in East Lindsey.
Cops cordoned off the scene close to Pear Tree Lane at Fulstow where a forensic tent is in place.
A woman who lives nearby told GrimsbyLive: “The police were here at first light. It was about 4am.
“Someone found a human skull. It is a shock.
“Everyone is asking questions about who it could be and how long they had been there.
“It is sad because it is someone’s brother or sister or maybe a parent.
“The bloke who found it said it has teeth but no one knows how long it has been there.”
She did not know whether other body parts had also been unearthed.
Another local resident said: “You don’t expect anything like this happening next to you. We are all curious.
“There are more investigators who arrived this morning and there is more activity at the scene.
“The ditches are usually filled with water. But when it gets hot like today they can dry up.”
Investigators will examine the area and try to establish a link with anyone on the missing person register.
They will also work with pathologists to try to match it with DNA lists kept by the National Crime Agency of people who are registered as missing.
A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “Police officers and forensics are at the duck pond in Pear Tree Lane, Fulstow, following a report of a human skull being found by a member of the public.
“Our force control room was called by a member of the public who reported that the bone was in the pond at around 12.37pm on Thursday.
“We believe this may be a human skull, but this will be determined by an in-depth forensic examination of the skull which can take up to several weeks to complete.
“The area has been cordoned off and we expect to remain in the area carrying out a full search over the weekend and into Monday.”