Meadow dug up in Lamplugh search
Police have begun excavating a meadow in the hunt for the body of murdered estate agent Suzy Lamplugh.
Officers used a mechanical digger to create a shallow trench in a field off the B4084 between Pershore and Drakes Broughton, in Worcestershire.
They were preparing to use ground-penetrating radar to examine the earth for evidence it was disturbed more than 24 years ago.
Two forensic experts, Professor David Hawksworth and Patricia Wiltshire, were at the scene advising officers on the search.
Miss Lamplugh, 25, disappeared in July 1986 after leaving her west London offices to meet a mystery client known only as Mr Kipper.
On the day of her disappearance, witnesses reported seeing her argue with a man outside a property in Shorrold Road, Fulham.
Her white Ford Fiesta was later found a mile-and-a-half away. She was declared dead, presumed murdered, in 1994.
Officers have examined thousands of lines of inquiry and conducted DNA testing on 800 unidentified bodies.
Although the case ground to a halt in October 1987, the file remained open and the investigation was actively restarted in 2000.
Detectives have apologised for "significant opportunities" which were missed during the first inquiry.