Mysterious remains in river sees councillor ‘react with Grand Theft Auto meme’

A police investigation is ongoing after mysterious human remains were discovered in the River Severn.

A call was made to West Mercia Police at around 9.15pm on Saturday, May 21, after the gruesome discovery was made by a member of the public.

The remains were found near Shrewsbury, Shropshire, and were confirmed as human shortly after – although it looks as if they have been in the water for a while.

The death is also being treated as “unexplained”.

Police officers and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service also attended grisly the scene.

Despite the mystery, local councillor Victoria Todd, appeared to channel the famous Grand Theft Auto meme in her response.

The councillor, who is the chairman of the Cressage, Harley and Sheinton Parish Council, told local news outlets: “It's a feeling of 'here we go again'.

“It is sad to say it but it has become one of those things.

“Unfortunately there is no particular shock about it happening. It's not a surprise, it happens fairly frequently.”

The “Ah S***, here we go again” meme dates back to a scene from the action adventure game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in 2004.

And Detective Chief Inspector John Weaver said: “We are in the very early stages of this investigation and enquiries are ongoing.

“Our priority at this stage is to identify the deceased. The remains are being forensically examined and the results will determine the next steps in our investigation. This could be a lengthy process but we will update the public in due course.”

A police presence will remain in the area while searches are carried out.

A statement from West Mercia Police said: “An investigation has been launched after human remains were found in the River Severn in Cressage yesterday evening.

“Our officers attended with colleagues from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“The remains were removed from the water and have been confirmed to be human.”

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