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Police searching for a mother and baby after an umbilical cord and placenta were found on a muddy Sydney riverbank have made another grim discovery


Police searching for a mother and baby after an umbilical cord and placenta were discovered on a muddy riverbank have called off part of their search after digging up a dead cat.

Police identified a new site of interest near the banks of the Cooks River in Sydney’s Earlwood on Tuesday and put up a blue tarp in the belief that new material might be there.

However, a search later revealed a freshly buried dead cat – prompting police to issue a false alarm.

Investigators were seen deploying blue tarps (pictured) after a new search area was identified near the river bank

Local resident Tony Robson found the human body parts hidden in bushes on the river at about 4.30pm on Monday while walking his dogs.

Mr Robson and his wife alerted the police to the discovery before emergency services arrived at the scene shortly afterwards.

«He was just sitting on the mud, the water was quite far away,» he told 7 News.

Tony Robson (pictured) discovered the organs while he and his wife were walking their two dogs near the Cooks River in Earlwood in Sydney's south-west on Monday afternoon.

Tony Robson (pictured) discovered the organs while he and his wife were walking their two dogs near the Cooks River in Earlwood in Sydney’s south-west on Monday afternoon.

Mr Robson, the father, said he immediately recognized the placenta and umbilical cord.

(I’ve) seen three births, so you kind of know what you’re looking at,» he said.

«It didn’t occur to me what else it could be. It looked the size of a human.

“My wife took a picture of it and we called the police.

NSW Police are continuing to investigate the incident and have serious concerns for the safety of the mother and her child.

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Police urged the woman to go to the nearest hospital and seek medical attention for herself and her child.

A crime scene was set up yesterday as a major search for the mother was launched with the help of rescuers, including divers.

Police (pictured) are still searching for the woman and her child after Mr Robson alerted them to the shocking discovery

Police (pictured) are still searching for the woman and her child after Mr Robson alerted them to the shocking discovery

A crime scene was established and the woman was urged to seek medical attention to get the necessary care for herself and her child (pictured by police near the riverbank on Tuesday)

A crime scene was established and the woman was urged to seek medical attention to get the necessary care for herself and her child (pictured by police near the riverbank on Tuesday)

A blood detection dog is also assisting in the extensive search and rescue after the woman and child were not found on Tuesday.

NSW Police Senior Detective Constable Christine McDonald did not rule out the possibility that the child could have been placed in the water.

Police found no evidence to suggest the child was injured.

Superintendent McDonald said on Monday night that the police’s priority was to make sure the mother and her child were found.

«At this stage our main concern is the whereabouts of the mother and child, we see it as a matter of real urgency to find her and her child, hopefully safe and sound,» she said.

Superintendent McDonald said police were not judging the woman and were only looking out for her welfare.

«They need to know that we care about them, that we want to know that they are safe,» she said.

Anyone living in the Wardell Road and Lang Road areas of Earlwood or Tennant Parade, Hurlstone Park and Ewen Park who may have seen the pregnant woman in distress has been urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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