Bella in the Wych Elm

Freddie Rushing

Who & How

On 18 April 1943, in Hagley Woods in Worcestershire, England, four young boys who were looking for birds’ nests found a human skull inside an elm tree.
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After a detailed examination at the lab at Birmingham, Professor Webster ascertained that the woman was probably about 35 years old, five feet tall, with mousy brown hair and irregular teeth in the lower jaw.
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Professor also thinks that she had also given birth at least once. The head of the Home Office Forensic Science Laboratory in the West Midlands estimated that she had been dead for at least 18 months before she was found.