An area of Ludlow was today sealed off after human remains were discovered by a member of the public.
Police were alerted to the discovery shortly after 6am today and called in forensic experts to examine the bones. The discovery was made in the 14th century grounds of the former St Leonard's Church, in Corve Street.
A police cordon has been placed around the churchyard.
But officers today said they believed the bones were likely to be very old.
Maria Wilkinson, spokeswoman for West Mercia Police, said: "Police are currently in attendance at an old churchyard in Corve Street, Ludlow, after a woman reported she had found what appears to be human remains.
"The church closed for worship in the 1970s and its yard has since fallen into a bad state of repair, with a lot of animal activity present.
"At this stage we believe the bones, which appear to be very old, have been disturbed by an animal.
"An area has been cordoned off while police establish who is responsible for the site."
Ben Burford, who works at St Leonards Press which is now based inside the church building, said: "A forensics team has been here today."
Access to the churchyard was kept open today for customers of St Leonards Press.