A walker was horrified to come across a “blood-soaked” baby’s hat at a UK beauty spot inside a bag saturated with blood.
A police source said there was a “substantial amount of blood. Enough to cause concern” inside the plastic carrier bag.
The gruesome find was made in woods at Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh, yesterday morning, and dozens of police officers flooded the area to hunt for more clues.
Daily Record reports the bag also contained a “receipt from a Glasgow store” and a “note written in Polish”.
Police fear the items point to something sinister.
Specialist police dogs were also deployed to the area as police worked late into last night carrying out fingertip and detailed searches.
Forensic officers were still at the scene this morning and the area is still cordoned off.
A police source said: “There was a substantial amount of blood. Enough to cause concern.
“DNA tests will be carried out while searches are ongoing in case there is more to be discovered.
“The hat was woollen and had been knitted.
“The carrier bag was saturated.
“It was serious enough to cause a huge police response.
“People feared we were going to find something very sinister up there.
“It’s not a tourist area, it’s used by locals mostly.”
The source added: “There could be a perfectly innocent explanation but all avenues must be explored and of course to establish if the blood is human as well.
“We expect the searches to end today at some point.”
A police spokeswoman said yesterday: “Police resources are in the Corstorphine Hill area following the discovery of what appears to be a blood-stained item.
“Examination of the item will be carried out to confirm what it is and officers are carrying out a search of the area.
“No other related items have been found and enquiries are ongoing.
Police were notified around 9.35am on Tuesday 20 October 2020.”
A police spokeswoman said: “Searches are continuing in the Corstorphine Hill area today following the recovery of a piece of clothing in that area yesterday.
“The clothing has been sent to the lab and is undergoing further analysis and enquiries are ongoing.”