Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NEW LEAD IN DONNA CASE; Police Make a 10th Anniversary Appeal

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NEW LEAD IN DONNA CASE; Police Make a 10th Anniversary Appeal

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A POTENTIAL new lead in the case of a missing Teesside girl has been revealed - on the eve of the 10th anniversary of her disappearance.

Donna Keogh disappeared from Middlesbrough a decade ago tomorrow - never to be seen again by her loving family.

Until now it was believed the 17-year-old was last seen getting into a small red car in Hartington Road, in Middlesbrough town centre, at 3am on April 19, 1998.

But it emerged today that Donna may have been at an address with others in nearby Bow Street, Middlesbrough, later that same morning.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Braithwaite, head of crime with Cleveland Police, said he believed the key to the inquiry lay with the conscience of someone in Middlesbrough.

He said: "There have been any number of accounts and rumours over the years about what might have happened to Donna.

"One account is that she was seen getting into a car in Hartington Road, another relates to her being present with other people at a home in Bow Street, Middlesbrough.

"I'm determined to find out what happened so that I can put an end to the years of torment that her mum and dad and other family members have had to endure."

Police believe Donna had got involved in prostitution and drugs prior to her disappearance but was desperate to escape the lifestyle.

Donna's heartbroken parents Brian, 52, and Shirley Keogh, 50, hope someone could still come forward 10 years down the line.

Brian, 52, a businessman of Linthorpe, said he believed the BowStreet sightings were the last time Donna - described as a "lovely and bubbly" girl - was seen.

"There is a very small minority of people who do know the truth on Donna's disappearance," he said.

"There is someone out there holding a very dark secret. It is up to one of these people to clear their conscience and come forward after 10 years. …

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