THE severed human foot discovered in a Bath park today has been sent for forensic analysis in an attempt to identify who it belonged to, police have confirmed.
The grim discovery was made shortly after 8am today when a dog walker found the partially decomposed body part in undergrowth in Weston Park East.
Police have cordoned off the park and are carrying out a detailed search of the area as part of their investigation. Specialist crime scene investigators are also examining the scene.
Detective Inspector Lorett Spierenburg said: “This investigation is at a very early stage and we are keeping an open mind as to how the foot came to be in the park.
“We are doing everything we can to identify the person whose foot it is and are liaising with the local hospital and reviewing missing persons as part of our investigation.
“I would like to reassure the local community that we have increased patrols in the area and anyone with any concerns is invited to speak to officers.
“I would also like to appeal to anyone with information about this incident to contact us on 101.”
Freelance journalist Simon Clarke was at the scene when the foot was found. He told the Bath Chronicle: “Her dog was sniffing at it then she realised what it was. We all had a look at it and it was indeed a foot.
“It was lying on the grass, severed about four inches above the ankle. It looks like quite an old foot and it might have been unearthed.
“It’s almost certainly a human foot and it looks real as opposed to a fake foot that someone put there.”