Tyne & Wear

Janet Brown murder: farmland search concluded

Janet Brown
Image caption Janet Brown was last seen in 2005

A search of remote farmland as part of a murder inquiry over the disappearance of a woman eight years ago failed to find any remains, police said.

Janet Brown, who would now be 53, was last known to be living in Hexham, Northumberland.

Officers spent four weeks digging near Sparty Lea in West Tynedale as part of the inquiry.

A 59-year-old Tynedale man was arrested on suspicion of murder in December and later bailed pending further inquiries.

Following the search, which also involved experts in archaeology and geophysicists, Det Ch Insp Nicola Musgrove, from Northumbria Police, said: "We are now satisfied that Janet Brown is not there.

"These were detailed searches of specific areas of interest and we had the support of specialist resources for which we are grateful.

"The fact we haven't found a body does mean we can focus our efforts on other lines of inquiry."

The investigation began in 2009 after a report of irregularities in Miss Brown's parents' bank account. She had an untouched £1m inheritance.

Police started a murder investigation after inquiries in the UK and abroad yielded no results.

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