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Two arrested over 2000 Bedfordshire golf course murder

Rachel Manning
Image caption Ms Manning's body was discovered by workmen at the golf course

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a teenager whose body was found on a Bedfordshire golf course almost 10 years ago.

Rachel Manning, 19, had been left in undergrowth at Woburn Golf Course in Bedfordshire in December 2000.

Her boyfriend, Barri White, was cleared of her murder in 2008.

Thames Valley Police said the men, aged 34 and 38 and from the Bletchley area of Buckinghamshire, were being questioned by officers.

Ms Manning disappeared on 10 December after a 1960s-themed fancy dress party at Bradwell Village Hall, Milton Keynes.

She was dressed in white knee length boots with platform soles, a short black skirt and a white top with flowers on the front.

After the party a group including Ms Manning and her boyfriend went to the Chicago Rock Cafe in Milton Keynes.

She left the bar and at about 0230 GMT was seen walking alone.

Mutilation after death

Two days later, her body was found by workmen preparing a new course at the golf club.

A post-mortem examination revealed she had been asphyxiated and her head and face had been mutilated after her death.

Mr White spent six years in jail until a retrial was ordered after his case was highlighted by the BBC's Rough Justice programme.

Last year, police announced they had reopened the murder investigation and offered a reward of £25,000 for information.

Det Supt Rob Mason said: "When we reopened the investigation into Rachel's murder we made it clear that this would be progressed with an open mind.

"The investigation has produced some new lines of inquiry and one of these has led to the arrests this morning."

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