More human remains found in British women search

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Police investigating the deaths of three women in Britain found what are believed to be human remains in a river on Saturday.

The search team made the grim discovery in the River Aire in Shipley, West Yorkshire, a short distance from where the body of a prostitute, Suzanne Blamires, was found on Tuesday.

Forensic tests were being carried out on the remains.

Criminology student Stephen Griffiths, 40, who dubbed himself the "crossbow cannibal", appeared in court on Friday charged with the murders of Blamires, and two other prostitutes, Shelley Armitage and Susan Rushworth.

The three women all went missing in Bradford, northern England.

Blamires, 36, was last seen last Friday, while Armitage, 31, has been missing since Monday April 26, and Rushworth, 43, disappeared on June 22 last year.

A handful of floral tributes were tied to railings next to the fast-moving river on Saturday.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "At around midday today officers from West Yorkshire Police's underwater search unit recovered from the River Aire what are believed to be human remains.

"The remains were found about 200 yards from where the remains of Suzanne Blamires were found on Tuesday.

"The remains will now be forensically examined to identify them and at this stage it is too early to speculate on who the remains belong to."

The killings in Bradford have evoked memories of the infamous "Yorkshire Ripper", Peter Sutcliffe, who murdered 13 women in the 1970s.

© 2010 AFP

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