Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

'Nothing found' in woodland search for body of missing teenage mum

Natalie Putt has not been seen since disappearing 14 years ago. Credit: West Midlands Police

A woodland search for the body of a missing teenager who disappeared 14 years ago has finished but police still haven't found anything.

Detectives have been looking at the pools at Ellowes Hall Wood in Dudley in the hunt for missing Gornal mum Natalie Putt, who was last seen in 2003.

Miss Putt was 17 when she left her home to go to a local shop and disappeared, leaving behind a young son.

Although nothing has been found, West Midlands Police say there are other areas of interest in the area, which are likely to result in further searches.

The search this week was as a result of information received following the examination of four graves in Ruiton Cemetery earlier this year.

Police say there are other areas of interest in the woodland. Credit: BPM Media

Police are still appealing to anyone who was frequently using the woods from September 2003 up to the end of 2004.

Detective Superintendent Tom Chisholm, from the force Homicide Unit, said: "The investigation team continues to work closely with a range of specialist search advisors and we expect to be back at the location at some point.

"During that time they may have seen one or more people acting in an usual manner that was out of context for the location, but dismissed it at the time.

"I would urge them to come forward, it doesn’t matter how insignificant they think it may be. This may be the missing piece of the jigsaw that will lead us to finding Natalie."