Five men have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a missing man from Darlington.
Alan Youngson was last seen on August 15. A body was found in woodland near the A1 at Darlington on Monday evening.
Police say although they haven't formally identified the body, they are progressing on the basis the body found in the woods is Mr Youngson.
Five men, aged between 28 and 38, are being held at police stations across County Durham.
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Robert Hodgson, from Stanley, County Durham, committed the offences on the girls, aged as young as five or six, up to the age of 13.