Search begins at garage block for murdered schoolgirl

A search has begun at a garage block in Stifford Clays, Thurrock, in connection with the murder of 15-year-old schoolgirl Danielle Jones in 2001.

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Police search continues as no trace of missing girl found at garage

Police continue their search for the body of Danielle Jones Credit: ITV news

No trace of Danielle Jones has been found at the garages police believed the murdered schoolgirl was buried.

It has been 16 years since she was last seen alive.

Police have been searching a site between Goddard Road and Crammavill Street in Stifford Clays Essex, near the home where her uncle, Stuart Campbell lived. He was convicted of the murder in 2002 but her body have never been found.

This case is not closed. It will remain open until Danielle's body is found and she is returned to her family. The one person who knows where her body is still refuses to tell police or her family.Stuart Campbell could end the last 16 years of pain for Linda and Tony and tell them where their daughter is.

– Assistant Chief Constable Steve Worron

Police intensify search for missing Danielle's body

The garage area is being searched today Credit: ITV

Police have taken control of part of a garage area in Stifford Clays, Thurrock, in a search connected to the murder of 15-year-old Danielle Jones in 2001.

Officers are at the site under the powers of a warrant and a cordon has been established. Inside that cordon are 20 plots, some of which will form part of the search.

Forensic examinations were conducted on Monday and the garages made safe so further work can start today, Tuesday, May 16.

That work will start with a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) device being used to check for any anomalies inside the cordon. That investigative work will then determine what excavation will be required.

Police are into their second day, looking for Danielle Credit: ITV

I am pleased with the way the work is progressing on site and as we move in to our second day we will work with a forensic archaeologist to establish where any excavation will be required. This search will be thorough and as such I have placed no definite timescales on how long it will take. I am determined to ensure when we leave this location we do so knowing whether this is where Danielle’s body was buried 16 years ago. I appreciate the disruption our activity here will be causing local residents and I would like to thank them for their cooperation. O

– ACC Steve Worron

On Monday afternoon Danielle’s parents Linda and Tony Jones visited the site accompanied by their Family Liaison Officer (FLO). The FLO has been assigned to support the family since Danielle’s disappearance in 2001.

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Excavation likely tomorrow as police search for body of murdered schoolgirl - undiscovered for 16 years

Police say excavation may begin tomorrow as they launch a new search for missing schoolgirl Danielle Jones - 16 years after she disappeared in Essex.

Danielle's uncle, Stuart Campbell, was jailed for her kidnap and murder in 2002 - but he's never revealed where he hid her body.

This morning police began a search of garages between Crammavil Street and Goddard Road in Thurrock after a tip off.

Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate say they are investigating why the garages were not searched at the time.

Sarah Saunders reports.

Police search garage block in search for schoolgirl's body

Danielle's body has never been found Credit: Kent Police

A search has begun today, Monday, May 15, at a garage block in Stifford Clays, Thurrock, in connection with the murder of 15-year-old schoolgirl Danielle Jones in 2001.

Since February officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate (SCD) have been examining information received and will now search an area between Goddard Road and Crammavill Street.

They have not at this time ruled out the possibility that Danielle’s body could be buried there.

Some non-specific information was received in 2001 relating to this garage area. However, these garages were not searched during the 2001 investigation. Police are working to ascertain why these were not searched as part of the original investigation.

Danielle Jones was last seen at around 8am on Monday, June 18, 2001, when she left her home in East Tilbury to catch the bus to school.

Extensive searches were conducted in the bid to find her and, despite the conviction of her uncle Stuart Campbell for murder in December 2002, her body has never been found.

Danielle’s disappearance in 2001 and the subsequent murder investigation was one of the biggest cases Essex Police had dealt with at the time. Over the course of the investigation more than 750 police officers and staff worked tirelessly to find out for her family what happened to Danielle. To date Stuart Campbell has shown no remorse for his crime and has not told police or Danielle’s family where her body is. We received information earlier this year that there had been unusual activity in the garage block around the time of Danielle’s disappearance. We are following a credible line of enquiry in respect of this garage block and I am absolutely committed to conducting a thorough and professional search to see if we can bring the Jones family any closer to knowing what happened to Danielle 16 years ago. We have remained in contact with Danielle’s parents Linda and Tony Jones since Campbell’s conviction for her murder and we have updated them on our plans for this search. We will continue to keep them up to date on our progress.

– Assistant Chief Constable Steve Worron

We are extremely grateful that the police are following up this information and we know they are determined to do whatever they can to find Danielle. We think about Danielle every day and we hope that this latest search may bring us answers to what happened to her 16 years ago.

– Danielle's parents Linda and Tony Jones
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