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Body hunt river find 'not human' By SAM CASEY.


A MAJOR search for the body of former Huddersfield prostitute Shelley Armitage was continuing today after the discovery of animal remains sparked a false alarm.

Frogmen from West Yorkshire Police's underwater search unit have cancelled all other planned activities for the rest of the week to maintain their trawl through the River Aire in Shipley.

They are hunting for the body of the 31-year-old prostitute and that of fellow sex worker Susan Rushworth, who are both thought to have been murdered.

It looked like there had been a breakthrough at the weekend when remains were found in the river not far from the spot where 36-year-old Suzanne Blamires' remains were discovered.

Ms Blamires, also a prostitute, is the third alleged victim of Stephen Griffiths, who has been charged with the murders of all three women.

But police yesterday confirmed the latest remains were not human.

A spokesman said: "Further forensic examinations on remains recovered this weekend show they are not human, but animal waste which appears to be from food preparation."

A suitcase thought to contain tools that was recovered from the river on Saturday has yet to undergo forensic tests.

The spokesman said officers were also continuing to search areas of Bradford city centre, including sites dug up by utility companies.

Ms Armitage, who worked in Huddersfield's red light district last year, has been missing since Monday April 26.

Ms Rushworth, 43, disappeared on June 22 last year and Ms Blamires was last seen on Friday May 21 Dewsbury man Griffiths, a psychology graduate who did postgraduate research in criminology at Bradford University, was arrested last Monday at his home on the edge of Bradford's red-light district.

The 40-year-old referred to himself as the "crossbow cannibal" when he made his first appearance in court on Friday - a reference to tabloid headlines about his alleged crimes.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Bradford Crown Court again on June 7 via video link from Wakefield Prison.


* DISCOVERY: A police diver searches the River Aire
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 1, 2010
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