Suzy Lamplugh: Worcestershire body search concludes

Image caption, Suzy Lamplugh disappeared in 1986 after going to meet a client

A police search of a Worcestershire field for the body of missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh has come to an end.

The 25-year-old west London estate agent went missing in 1986 and was officially declared dead in 1994.

The Metropolitan Police began excavating an area of the field on Tuesday after a tip-off.

A member of the public had recently reported seeing disturbed earth after she vanished. But a BBC reporter on the scene said the search had now finished.

The search site was about three miles from the site of the former Norton Army Barracks, which had been examined in December 2000 and February 2001.

Shallow trenches

Officers used ground-penetrating radar to examine the earth to see if it was disturbed more than 24 years ago.

A mechanical digger created numerous shallow trenches in the field.

The Metropolitan Police said the search was "negative" after tests failed to show any evidence of a shallow grave.

Ms Lamplugh vanished after leaving her London office to meet an unknown client.

Hundreds of leads have since been followed and the case was reopened in 2000.

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