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Specialist dig at allotment in a bid to uncover details of unsolved murder case

Donna went missing back in 1998 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

An area of waste ground in Middlesbrough is being excavated as part of attempts to solve a 20-year-old murder case.

Police and a specialist search team started work at a former allotment site near to Troon Close, Middlesbrough on Monday 18th June 2018.

It's part of the investigation into the disappearance of Donna Keogh from Middlesbrough in 1998 when she was just 17 years old.

Donna has never been found and her disappearance is being treated as a murder investigation.

The investigation is being conducted by Cleveland Police’s Historic Investigations Unit, established by a grant from the Home Office earlier this year.

Donna went missing back in 1998 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Detective Superintendent Michael Hunt, leading the investigation, said:

As part of our investigation we have reviewed a large amount of information, the review has identified areas of interest where we will be conducting targeted searches in an attempt to find Donna and discover what happened to her in 1998.

Donna’s family desperately want to give her a proper funeral and finally lay her body to rest, finding Donna continues to be a priority for the investigation team.”

– Detective Superintendent Michael Hunt

As part of this operation, neighbourhood officers will hand-out leaflets to people living nearby, appealing for information and explaining the police activity they will see over the coming days.

There is no set timetable for the excavation, it will be concluded once the site has been thoroughly examined.

To support the investigation, the public can visit www.finddonna.co.uk to view details about Donna’s life, her disappearance and the police’s on-going investigation.