Investigation into human jawbone find in Royston is closed

The human jawbone case has now been closed.

The human jawbone case has now been closed. - Credit: Archant

Police investigating the discovery of a human jawbone in a Royston bush have closed the case after concluding it is more than a century old.

Emergency services were called to Priory Lane on Saturday, August 8, after the discovery of what was believed to be a human bone, and was later identified as being part of a jawbone.

The story provoked much speculation and intrigue on social media, with people wondering if there was a suspect at large.

However, a spokeswoman for Herts police confirmed this week that they will not be investigating further into why it was found in that location or who it belongs to, due to the age of the bone.

North Herts Det Insp Lynda Coates said: “Officers have carried out extensive enquiries following the discovery of a human jawbone in a garden in Royston.


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“All evidence suggests that the bone is very old, possibly more than 100 years, and that it does not form part of any ongoing investigations across the county. Therefore, the investigation is now closed.”

If you find anything suspicious in town, you can contact Herts police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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