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Fresh review launched 17 years after Donna Keogh's disappearance

The family of a teenager who has been missing for almost 17 years say they are delighted that police are reexamining the case.

Donna Keogh was 17-years-old when she vanished in 1998. She was last seen leaving a house party in Middlesbrough.

Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal at Cleveland Police has now apologised to Ms. Keogh's family for the manner the force initially handled "some aspects of the case":

I cannot begin to understand the pain and misery Donna’s disappearance must have caused her family and those close to her...

The case has always remained open and we have made numerous appeals over the years, but I am aware Donna’s family had expressed displeasure and disappointment about the force’s initial handling of some aspects of the case.

I met personally with Donna’s family this week and offered an apology on behalf of Cleveland Police which they have accepted.

Our focus is on finding out what happened to Donna and bringing to justice any person or people who harmed her.”

– Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal

Officers will review witness statements and evidence in a bid to answer questions that have remained unanswered for nearly twenty years.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

Missing Washington woman suffers from dementia

Police are appealing for the public's help to find a missing 84-year-old woman from Washington, who suffers from dementia.

Mary Pharoah from the Harraton area was last seen leaving her home address just before 5pm on Sunday, April 5.

  • She is described as being 5ft 2ins tall, of slim build and with mousey coloured hair.
  • She was last seen wearing a dark purple coat and grey checked trousers.
  • She was also carrying a Waterstones carrier bag.

Ms Pharoah has gone missing in the past and was found in the Chester Le Street area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 1207 05/04/15.


Police appeal to find missing teenage girl

Police are trying to trace a 16-year-old girl who has been reported missing.

Petronela Lungu, who is of Romanian nationality, was last seen at her home on Thornton Street in North Ormesby at around 11pm on Thursday 11th September. Her family discovered that she had gone missing in the early hours of Friday morning.

Petronela Lungu Credit: Cleveland Police

She is described as around 4ft 10” tall, of slim build with long, black hair. She was possibly wearing a black leather jacket and carrying a small cream coloured shoulder bag.

Anyone who may have seen her or who may know of her whereabouts is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.


Widow of Durham teacher says death is 'unfathomable'

The inquest has been held into the death of the deputy headmaster of Durham School. 50-year-old Mark Bushnell went missing on March 8 and was found on the beach at Blackhall in County Durham two weeks later. There was an extensive search for him when he disappeared.

The County Durham coroner, Andrew Tweddle, recorded an open verdict at the hearing in Crook. He said he had to be sure beyond reasonable doubt and he wasn't certain that Mr Bushnell intended to take his life or that it was an accident.

"He had so much to live for: he had me, his job and his boys. We had plans for the future."

– Joanna Bushnell

Joanna Bushnell, Mark's widow, said they had been together for 29 years. She said his death was "just unfathomable".

Concern for missing teenager

Cleveland Police say they're concerned for the wellbeing of a teenager who's been missing since Saturday morning.

Wendy Stewart, who is 15, was last seen at an address in Stockton at half past ten.

She's described as black, with black hair, brown eyes, of medium build and 5'4" tall.

She was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, black leggings and an orange t-shirt. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police

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