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Full report: Uncle joins police in search for missing Rania Alayed

The uncle of a woman who disappeared six months ago has laid flowers in the area where she may have been buried.

Police have searched lay-bys and fields along the A19 in North Yorkshire, in the hunt for Rania Alayed's body.

Earlier, officers revealed that the body may have been moved from its initial hiding place. Helen Ford reports.

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Police appeal for witnesses as uncle visits site where missing mother may have been buried

The uncle of a missing woman has visited the stretch of road where she is thought to have been buried.

Ali Aydi travelled to a lay-by on the A19 near Thirsk to lay flowers for Rania Alayed, who disappeared last June.

Rania's husband, 33 year old Ahmed Khatib and brother-in-law, 38 year old Muhanned Mahmood Al Khatib have been charged with her murder.

Police are now considering whether Rania's body was moved after it was initially concealed.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Marsh appealed for witnesses to help the police investigation.

Missing mother's uncle joins police

Ali Aydi with police. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Flowers mark the site where police believe Rania Alayed may have been buried. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The uncle of missing mother Rania Alayed, from Teesside, has visited the stretch of road where police believe she may have been buried.

Ali Aydi was taken to a lay-by on the A19 near Thirsk, in North Yorkshire.

Rania Alayed, who has three children, has been missing since June.

Rania's uncle to visit the A19 layby where her body "may be buried"

The uncle of missing Rania Alayed will visit the stretch of road where police believe she may have been buried.

Ali Aydi will be taken to a layby on the A19 near Thirsk, in North Yorkshire, and hear more about the investigation into her disappearance.

Rania, who has three children, has been missing since June. Her body has never been found, despite a search involving hundreds of police officers, supported by the military.

Uncle says missing mother was "taken in the most beautiful years of her life"

The uncle of a missing woman, originally from Teesside, said he believed his niece had been "brutally murdered, in the most beautiful years of her life".

Rania Alayed
Rania Alayed has been missing for more than six months Credit: Police picture

Rania Alayed moved to Manchester with her family in January but disappeared in June. Police believe she was murdered and three men have been charged over her death.

Ali Aydi, Rania's uncle, said: "Rania was taken from us six months ago when she was brutally murdered, in the most beautiful years of her life. She leaves behind three children who face life without her. Her body is still to be found, so we can give her a dignified burial.

"It has been very difficult for her parents who live in Lebanon and face an unknown future for their grandchildren. We are grateful to the community and the police for all they have done and continue to do.

"We appeal to the public who have any information to come forward.”

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Police: "We will not stop until we can find her"

The search for Rania Alayed continues today (15th August) and police ave thanked the public for their help so far. Officers are also still asking for information about a campervan.

"GMP, supported by colleagues from North Yorkshire Police and the military, have been working tirelessly to finds Rania and we will not stop until we can find her.

"I understand there might not be anything unusual about a campervan parked on a layby in the early hours and I recognise it might not have struck you as significant at the time.

"However, we have reason to believe that Rania's body could be located near to this stretch of road and this is where we have been concentrating our searches."

– Detective Superintendent Serena Kennedy, of Greater Manchester Police's Major Incident Team

The search continues for Rania Alayed

Detectives investigating the murder of Rania Alayed are continuing the search for her. Hundreds of motorists have been asked to help trace a campervan that has been linked to her disappearance.

Police have been searching a stretch of the A168/A19 near Thirsk. Officers will carry out a line search in a northbound layby between the A1 and Thirsk. The search could go on for weeks.

Search for body of missing woman resumes by A19

The search for the body of a woman believed to have been murdered will resume today beside the A19, near Thirsk in North Yorkshire. Rania Alayed, originally from Norton on Teesside, moved to Manchester with her family in January. She has not been seen since June.

Rania Alayed
Rania Alayed vanished in June from her new home in Manchester Credit: Greater Manchester Police

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