Tunbridge Wells garden search for human remains ends

Police forensic investigation vehicle in Rankine Road, Tunbridge Wells
Image caption Police said no humans remains had been found in the garden of Rankine Road

No human remains have been found by police carrying out a search of the garden of a house in Kent.

Officers carried out a detailed forensic examination of the garden of a semi-detached property in Rankine Road, Tunbridge Wells, on Monday and Tuesday.

Officers were investigating reports that the remains of a woman who died in the 1950s were buried on the premises.

But on Tuesday morning Det Insp Lee Whitehead, of Kent Police, said "no human remains have been found".

He added: "I would very much like to thank the local residents from Rankine Road and the surrounding area for their co-operation and patience while we carried out this essential investigative work."

'Girl disappeared quickly'

Kent Police said the family living at the address were not connected in any way to the investigation.

They have vacated the property, which is on the Sherwood estate, while the work took place.

No other properties were being looked at in relation to the investigation, according to a spokeswoman for the force.

On Monday Jenny Baker told the BBC she contacted police on behalf of her mother, who once lived in the property with her aunts.

She said the believed there was a girl called Laura buried in the garden and she had "disappeared as quickly as she was introduced".

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