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Hunt for Natalie Putt - Ellowes Hall Wood searched

Detectives hunting for the body of missing Dudley teen Natalie Putt, who disappeared 14 years ago, are searching woodland in Lower Gornal.

After four graves were examined at Ruiton Cemetery in June this year, the team received further credible information which has led them to Ellowes Hall Wood.

A detailed search is now being conducted utilising specialist search techniques, including the underwater search unit.

Detective Superintendent Tom Chisholm, Head of Homicide, said: "This area was searched when Natalie went missing in August 2003 as part of the then missing person enquiry, but the intelligence picture has changed significantly since then.

"The information that we have received is corroborated by separate sources and is completely new information that was not previously known to us prior to June 2017.

"As such it is considered essential to the investigation that this information is thoroughly followed up in the search for Natalie’s remains."

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Natalie’s family have been fully updated with the latest developments and are being supported by specialist officers at this difficult time.

DS Chisholm added: "I am convinced that there are people who still live in the area who hold the key to solving the disappearance of Natalie, I would urge those people to come forward. 

"There are people who need to be mindful that there is an absolute determination from the police to find the answers concerning her disappearance. 

"Over the years the person who is responsible for Natalie’s death will have confided in someone, I would urge that confidante to come forward."

Natalie went missing on a trip to local shops. She left behind her 11-week-old son. This year detectives confirmed that this is now being investigated as a murder enquiry.

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