Huddersfield Daily Examiner (22/May/1987) - Bones Found in Drained Pond

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Victim 'may have died in 1944 flood'

Bones found in drained pond

A Police search was under way in the Holme Valley this morning following the discovery of human bones in a drained mill pond.

Holmfirth police are checking missing persons' records following the discovery of the two bones.

Police believe they may date from one of the Holmfirth floods.

The shin and upper arm bones were found by workmen digging to prepare foundations for an extension to a former textile mill occupied by Hepworth Electrical in Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth.

Police were this morning continuing their search for any further remains.

Holmfirth firemen were called to provide equipment to help with the sifting of silt from the area.

A police spokeswoman said inquiries would take account of people who may have have died in the floods, which struck the area in 1944 and in the last century.

Forensic examination of the bones is expected to take several weeks, but police say early indications are that they have been there for some time.

Police are now carrying out a detailed examination of the scene and the Coroner has been informed of the find.

Three people were reported to have died in the flood of 1944 which followed a massive cloudburst at the head of the valley. But all were identified at the time.

The most famous Holmfirth flood was in 1852, when the embankment of the Bilberry reservoir burst and 300,000 tons of water surged down the valley, killing 81.