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Post-mortem tests on baby girl found in Bolton are inconclusive

Baby find scene
Image caption The baby's body was found in Ox Hey Lane on Thursday

Post-mortem tests on a baby girl found dead in a country lane in Greater Manchester have proved inconclusive, say police.

The body of the baby, thought to be newborn, was found by walkers in the Ox Hey Lane area of Lostock, Bolton, on Thursday. She was found wrapped in clothing and plastic bags.

A note was also found requesting the baby receives an Islamic burial.

Police said further tests will now be carried out.

The age and ethnicity of the baby is not known and it is not yet known whether the baby was alive when it was left at the scene, police said.

Ch Insp Carol Martin, said: "Our priority remains to trace the mother who we imagine must be having an extremely distressing time.

"It is likely the mother in particular will require some form of medical attention and I want to appeal directly to both parents or anyone who knows them to contact police or visit your GP or local hospital.

"It is vitally important that I stress support networks are in place and are waiting and on hand to help the parents."

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