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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.
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.
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.
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.
A search has begun at a garage block in Thurrock. Police are looking for the body of 15-year-old schoolgirl Danielle Jones, who disappeared in 2001.
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.