Police searching field near Swindon close to home of woman who disappeared 17 years ago find 'nothing of interest'

Police put up screens off Pentylands Lane. Credit: ITV News West Country

Police have found "nothing of interest" after searching a field near where a mother was last seen nearly two decades ago.

Wiltshire Police cordoned off an area of the field off Pentylands Lane, in Highworth, near Swindon following a tip-off from a member of the public.

Several tents and screens were erected after officers started excavating the site on February 25.

But, after five days of searching using specialist dogs, police say despite a meticulous search they have "concluded that nothing of interest is located there".

We would like to thank the local community for their support and patience whilst this work was undertaken. We appreciate this is a popular community asset and the work would have caused some disruption to those who use it regularly.

Wiltshire Police

The search was reportedly connected to the disappearance of Linda Razzell in March 2002.

Linda Razzell disappeared in March 2002. Credit: ITV News West Country

Glyn Razzell was sentenced to life in November 2003 for the murder of his estranged wife, who vanished on her way to work at Swindon College. Her body has never been found and Razzell maintains his innocence.

In recent years, her disappearance has been linked to taxi driver Christopher Halliwell, who is serving life for the murders of Becky Godden, 20, in January 2003 and Sian O'Callaghan, 22, in March 2011.

The cordon has been extended around the search site in Swindon. Credit: ITV News

At a press conference on February 25, Detective Superintendent Jeremy Carter said specialist dogs from Devon and Cornwall Police had been drafted in to assist with the investigation.

Watch Detective Superintendent Jeremy Carter's press conference below:

Although excavation work has only just begun, it is important to stress that nothing, so far, has been located in the area.

Detective Superintendent Jeremy Carter