Police have identified a woman seen leaving a backpack containing human remains behind a bin at the back of a shop.
Police in Chesterfield County, Virginia, responded to a report that a female left a backpack behind a store in a dumpster at 1.50pm on Tuesday (local time).
According to a Facebook post by the police department, witnesses saw the female enter the store without the backpack before leaving the area.
A store employee checked the backpack, seeing what appeared to be blood on it. The employee then called the police, who found what appeared to be human remains in the backpack.
Police released images taken from security footage of the female who left the bag in the bin, urging anyone with information to come forward.
“An employee saw the young lady put something in the dumpster, and thought it was odd,” Chesterfield police Major Michael Louth told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Police said the remains were taken to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy but declined to say if the remains were that of an infant.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and they have no additional information to release at this time.
Mum accused of torturing and dumping son in a river
Police in Brazil released security footage last week they believe shows a mother accused of chaining up, torturing, and then killing her seven-year-old son carrying the boy's dead body in a duffle bag, before dumping it in a river.
The footage allegedly shows seven-year-old Miguel dos Santos' mother, Yasmin Vaz dos Santos Rodrigues, 26, alongside her girlfriend Bruna Nathieli Porto da Rosa.
The mother is alleged to be carrying Miguel's remains in a duffle bag through the streets of the city of Imbe, Brazil, towards the Tramandai River on July 27.
Miguel's body has still not been found but police have recovered what they believe are his socks and shoes from the river, the investigation is still ongoing.
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