New search for Moors murder victim 'to start next week'

Claims that a fresh search for the body of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett was planned for next week have been played down by his brother and David Jones, a mountain rescue worker involved in previous searches.

New search for Moors murder victim played down

Welsh mountain rescue leader David Jones has played down claims that a fresh search for the body of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett has been planned for next week.

Mr Jones, who has been involved in searches on Saddleworth Moor before, said a fresh hunt would not be done at this time as it is approaching the anniversary of his disappearance.

Photo of  Saddleworth Moor taken December 2001.
Many searches of Saddleworth Moor have yet to find Keith Bennett's body. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

Keith was snatched by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley on June 16, 1964, before being murdered along with four others and buried somewhere on the Moors above Manchester.

"Nothing is happening I'm afraid. Hopefully we will be going back there but we don't know when," Mr Jones added.

Moors victim's brother: Search of 'no great importance'

The brother of missing Moors murder victim Keith Bennett has distanced himself from claims a new search for his body is due to begin.

Alan Bennett said reports of a new search of Saddleworth Moor was of "no great importance or relevance".

Undated handout file photo of Keith Bennett.
Keith Bennett was buried by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley on Saddleworth Moor in the 1960s. Credit: PA Wire

Mr Bennett, writing on his website, said: "There are reports of a search being conducted on the moor starting on 16th June.

"Neither myself nor anybody connected with me or to me, professionally or otherwise, has anything to do with this.

"I believe it will go the same way as the other unofficial searches of the past and therefore is of no great importance or relevance and is being led by or following people with theories that have no real basis or evidence to back it up."

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Team 'very close' to resolving case of Moors victim

The team searching for the body of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett feel they are getting "very close" to resolving the case, according to the Daily Mirror.

Welsh mountain rescue leader David Jones, who visited the moor with Keith's mother Winnie Johnson four years ago, said new evidence has reduced the search to an area the size of three football pitches.

David Jones (centre) pictured on Saddleworth Moor during a search in March 2010.
David Jones (centre) pictured on Saddleworth Moor during a search in March 2010. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Mr Jones told the newspaper: "I am hoping 100% that we can find Keith, but I am aware that it might not be him buried.

"We've identified three specific new areas of the moor and will operate a grid system of search using the equipment and dogs."

New search for Moors victim Keith 'to start next week'

A new search for the body of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett will be launched next week, according to the Daily Mirror.

Undated handout file photo of Keith Bennett. Credit: PA

A specialist team will hunt for the remains of the 12-year-old and three other missing children whose bodies were buried by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in the 1960s on Saddleworth Moor.

New research by a consortium of lawyers, former police officers and a High Court judge investigating the Moors murders will be made public in the coming days with "fresh facts" that they hope will lead to finding the bodies, the newspaper reports.

Keith's mother Winnie Johnson made repeated calls for Brady to reveal the location of her son's grave but died in August 2012 without being able to fulfil her last wish of giving her son a proper burial.

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