A newborn baby, whose body was found in Bolton last week, has been confirmed as a girl by police who are still appealing for her parents to come forward.
The body of the baby was found on Thursday March 14 shortly before 4.55pm on Ox Hey Lane, Lostock.
A man and woman who were walking their dog found her wrapped up in clothing and plastic bags along with a note requesting that the baby receive an Islamic burial.
A post mortem examination has been carried out and the cause of death remains unascertained.
The age and ethnicity of the baby are still unknown and it remains unclear whether the baby was live or stillborn. The post mortem did confirm however that the baby was a girl.
Chief Inspector Carol Martin said: “We can now confirm the baby was a little girl but there are still a number of questions that remain unanswered.
“Chief among these questions is the identity of the mother. Our priority remains to trace the mother who we imagine must be having an extremely distressing time.
“We are still very worried about the parents’ physical and emotional state.”
Police are urging anyone with information to contact the police as they worry specifically for the mother’s health.
CI Martin said: “It is likely the mother in particular will require some form of medical attention and I want to appeal directly to either parents or anyone who knows them to contact police or visit your GP or local hospital.
“People will notice and increased police presence in the area this Thursday as it will be a week on from this sad discovery.
“I want to reiterate our appeal to residents in the Lostock area who perhaps use Ox Hey Lane for running, cycling or walking on a frequent or daily basis: have you noticed a pile of what appeared to be clothing and plastic bags in the shrubbery off the tarmacked area recently?”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5599, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.