Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Think Body Is Milly

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Think Body Is Milly

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Byline: PATRICK SAWER

THE remains of missing Surrey schoolgirl Amanda Dowler have almost certainly been found.

Police sources said today that preliminary dental tests have indicated that body parts discovered in Hampshire woodland are hers.

A post mortem this afternoon is expected to confirm that the hunt for the 13-year-old, known to family and friends as Milly, is finally over six months after she vanished in Walton-on-Thames. Milly's parents are being comforted by a police liaison officer.

A couple picking mushrooms made the discovery of a partial skeleton next to a path on Yateley Common near Fleet, Hampshire. The spot is near several Army barracks.

Officers wanted to confirm an identity as soon as possible for the sake of Milly's parents, Bob and Sally, and sister Gemma, 16, who endured the agony of a false alarm earlier in the hunt.

A senior Surrey police source said the discovery was "very significant," adding: "There i

is a possibility it is Milly."

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Denholm, who is leading the hunt for Milly, has visited the site.

Today an officer could be seen in the woods using a global positioning system to to pinpoint where evidence has been found.

The area has been sealed off and teams of forensic science officers are conducting a fingertip search of the site about 70 yards along a gravel path off the B3013.

Police officers with dogs are also carrying out a wider search of the area for any clues that may help establish an identity for the remains. A couple, described by police as middle-aged and from London, stumbled across the bones near Cat Farm Hill, Minley at about 2pm on Wednesday.

They returned home without alerting police.

However, the following day after "mulling it over" they contacted neighbouring Surrey police.

Surrey officers accompanied them to the scene yesterday and then alerted their Hampshire colleagues after an orthodontist conducted a prelimin a r y examination of the remains.

Detective Superintendent Alan Betts, senior investigating officer for Hampshire police, would not reveal how many bones were discovered or whether they had suffered obvious injury. …

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