Danielle Jones was last seen leaving her home in East Tilbury, Essex, to catch the bus to school 16 years ago. Although her uncle, Stuart Campbell, was convicted of her murder in December 2002, her body has never been found.
Now, police have set up a crime scene at a series of residential garages where they believe Jones’ body has been hidden all this time.
Police drove Jones’ parents to the cordoned-off scene, which was never searched during the intial investigation.
Over 1000 garages were searched between 2001 and 2002 by more than 750 police officers – one of the largest cases Essex Police has ever handled.
“We received information earlier this year that there had been unusual activity in the garage block and I am absolutely committed to conducting a thorough and professional search to see if we can bring the Jones family any closer to knowing what happened to Danielle 16 years ago,” Assistant Chief Constable Steve Worron told The Telegraph UK.
Jones’ parents have also released a new statement: “We think of Danielle every day and hope that this latest search may bring us answers about what happened to her 16 years ago.”