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The police start looking for a girl who disappeared 21 years ago

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Detectives will begin digging a piece of property in connection with the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl from a nursing home more than 20 years ago.

Sarah Benford was last seen in the Kettering area of ​​Northamptonshire on April 6, 2000, before a homicide investigation opened three years later.

Northamptonshire police said they would begin digging an area of ​​70 by 70 meters in the city after receiving “significant information”.

A number of suspects have been arrested since Ms. Benford’s disappearance and searches have been carried out in Kettering, London and Wales but no one has ever been charged.

According to the troop’s Major Investigation Team, searches are to begin on Monday in an open-air area in the Valley Walk area of ​​Kettering.

The construction site will be cordoned off until the excavation, which is expected to take two weeks, has been completed.

The force said that specialized search teams will be assisted by forensic archaeologists and penetration radars will be used to assess any movement on the stretch of land under investigation.

Dozens of officers will assist the scene guard during the excavation and the area will be shielded from the public during the search.

Detective Superintendent Joe Banfield, who heads the Northamptonshire Police Operation, said, “We received significant information that directed us to this site as a potential area of ​​interest.

“Ms. Benford went missing more than 21 years ago, but we never gave up trying to find her body and possibly track down her killer or killers.

“We have informed Ms. Benford’s family and they support the operation that is being carried out today. We will be in close contact with them as the excavation proceeds, but ask that media representatives do not attempt to contact them.

“Obviously someone out there knows what happened to Sarah all those years ago, and we would like to encourage anyone with any new information to contact us on 101 or in confidence via the Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.”

Police have said that anyone with information about Sarah’s disappearance should contact them quoting incident number 359, dated 11/10/2021.

PA

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