A mother linked to a human placenta found on a pathway in Southampton is believed to be West African, police have confirmed.

Officers have been trying to locate the woman even since the afterbirth was found in Holly Brook Park on Wednesday, June 21.

A recent analysis by a genetic scientist has revealed the DNA profile believed to have come from the mother of the baby is most likely of sub-Saharan heritage, probably West African.

Police believe the burying of a placenta is linked with practices in West African cultures.

However, they are now re-appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Daily Echo: Police cordon after a human placenta was found n a pathway in Holly Brook ParkPolice cordon after a human placenta was found n a pathway in Holly Brook Park (Image: Newsquest)

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Detective Chief Inspector Elizabeth Pirie, who is leading the investigation, said: “As a result of these most recent findings we have been working with key community partners including The United Voice of African Associations and colleagues at Southampton City Council in order to seek support, guidance and advice.

“We are now focused on speaking to our African communities within Southampton in particular, in order to ascertain further information about the circumstances of this discovery, however, we remain keen to speak to anybody who has information that may assist our enquiries.

“Perhaps you were in the area at the time and recall seeing something out of the ordinary, or maybe you know someone who was pregnant prior to 21st June, that you have concerns for?”

Anyone with information which could help the investigation is urged to call 101 quoting the reference number 44230246419/Operation Holdo or submit information online.

People can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

Southampton Chief Inspector Marcus Kennedy said: “The reason we are placing such emphasis on understanding what has happened is that this was a very unusual occurrence in our force area and something that we have not seen before in Southampton.

“It’s crucial that we understand the circumstances and why the placenta was in this public area, to ensure that the mother and baby are not in distress and check that they are safe and well.

“We are now renewing our plea to members of the community to please come forward and assist us with any information, we need your support to help us understand the circumstances of this discovery and to ensure that the mother and baby are ok."