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POLICE CALL OFF HUNT FOR BODY

Monday, August 5, 2002 - 11:10

THE THREE-DAY search for human remains in a cornfield at Branstone Cross ended on Saturday night without the discovery of a body.
Police sealed off a section of the field on Wednesday night after information from an unnamed man in custody.
The source of the information could now face criminal charges.
"Papers on the case have been forwarded to the Crown Prosecution Service for consideration," a Hampshire Police spokesman said.
Up to 20 specialist officers joined the hunt, which involved hi-tech ground-penetrating radar.
Supt Peter Dawson said: "This was a very thorough search. We have done more than we needed to do to prove or disprove what we had been told."
Police stressed the search related to 'historical' information and no suspect was at large.
But the operation caused renewed anguish for Valerie Nettles, mother of Damien, who vanished from Cowes in November 1996.
Media linked the Branstone Cross hunt with Damien, despite police labelling such speculation inappropriate and Mrs Nettles' insistence the search was not connected to her son.

 


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