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Arlene Arkinson: Police examine new site near Killen in Castelderg

Published 15/09/2016

Arlene Arkinson vanished in 1994
Arlene Arkinson vanished in 1994

Police searching for missing Northern Ireland schoolgirl Arlene Arkinson are examining a new site at a field near Killen, outside Castlederg.

Arlene vanished aged 15 in August 1994 after a night out across the border in Co Donegal.

She was last seen being driven off down a country road late at night by convicted child killer Robert Howard. The field being examined by specialist teams is about a mile from that road.

Howard was acquitted of the schoolgirl's murder in 2005 by a jury not told about his lengthy criminal history, which included killing another teenager, Hannah Williams, in south London several years earlier.

Arlene's body has never been found despite extensive searches. Howard remained the prime suspect until his death in prison last year.

The full inquest formally opened in February after years of delays.

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Det Ch Supt Raymond Murray, head of Serious Crime Branch, said: "The family of Arlene Arkinson have been advised of this development purely as a precautionary measure.

"It would be premature to draw any inference from this initial report or the police response to it at this time."

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