Renewed search for Arlene Arkinson in Castlederg

By Eimear McGovern

A new search is underway in Co Tyrone for the remains of Arlene Arkinson, who has been missing for 22 years.

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A specialist team are examining a site one mile from Castlederg along with the PSNI, after being alerted by a farmer who discovered disturbed earth and stones in a remote area.

While there is no evidence at this stage to link Arkinson to the site, it is close to a road the 15-year-old travelled in 1994.

"The family of Arlene Arkinson have been advised of this development purely as a precautionary measure," said Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray, head of Serious Crime Branch.

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

Arkinson left Castlederg to go to a disco in Bundoran and was in the company of Robert Howard, a middle-aged Laois native.

Howard was later jailed with the rape and murder of a teenager in London, and was tried in 2005 for Arkinson's murder.

The Belfast jury was not told of his history of sexual violence in the controversial case, and he was acquitted and died in a Durham jail last year.

Authorities would later carry out searches at Akinson's sister's property in 1996 and 2002.

 

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