Police say they have not found the remains of murder victim Helen McCourt in a graveyard in St Helens.
A police statement said:
Merseyside Police can confirm that officers have completed an exhumation at a grave in St Aidan’s Church, Billinge, and the occupants of the grave are in keeping with cemetery records.
Officers, acting on intelligence linked to the disappearance and murder of Helen McCourt in February 1988, began the exhumation on Tuesday, 15 October with the assistance of local authority gravediggers and forensic scientists.
Authority to carry out the exhumation was granted by the Ministry of Justice, HM Coroner for St Helens and the Bishop of Liverpool's Registry and with the agreement of the family who own the plot.
Helen McCourt’s family were also informed in relation to the intelligence and the exhumation and have now been advised in relation to the result of the search.
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Greater Manchester Police said "inquiries are ongoing to fully understand the circumstances of the incident."