Mr Edwards said he had started his own dig in the area close to where the other victims of the moorland murders were found. He found “a skull with teeth present” which he said independent experts concluded was a human.
But Mr Bennett wondered why Mr Edwards thought he would have found something when previous searches, carried out by police and experts, had failed to do so.
He added: ‘I’ve seen the way these forensic archaeologists work – it’s painstaking troweling and fingertip searching and sifting through everything that’s been pulled out of the ground. I was advised and helped on the moor by archaeologists and it gave me real insight into how they work to make sure they didn’t miss anything.
“It seems a little strange that all of his ‘experts’ seem to be his friends. How can he claim that we searched in the wrong place when our 30 years of experience eclipses his alleged seven years of investigation, while at the same time he puts place names in different incorrect areas of the moor?
“Will he apologize for the anguish, anger, pain and distress he has caused by his thoughtless, heartless and publicity-seeking actions?”
Keith was the third of five youths murdered by Brady and Hindley. He is the only victim whose body has never been found.
Pauline Reade, 16, John Kilbride, 12, and Lesley Ann Downey, 10, were buried at Saddleworth Moor and their bodies were later found, but Brady and Hindley died without disclosing where Keith’s body was buried .
A spokesperson for Mr Edwards said he ‘fully understands Mr Bennett’s frustration and anguish’, but added: ‘He remains confident that he has found the true location of the grave and is ordering a further scientific analysis of its evidence.”