Friday, November 16, 2007

Double death house search resumes

Double death house search resumes

Police are continuing their search of a Kent house where the bodies of two teenage girls were discovered.
On Friday, officers found the remains of 18-year-old Dinah McNicol, from Tillingham in Essex, in the garden of the home in Irvine Drive, Margate.

The body of Vicky Hamilton, 15, from Redding near Falkirk, was recovered from the property on Monday. Both women went missing in 1991.

Peter Tobin, 61, has been charged in Scotland with murdering Miss Hamilton.

Assistant Chief Constable Peter Lowton of Essex Police said it was "too early to tell" if any arrests over the death of Miss McNicol were imminent.

He confirmed officers would continue to examine the three-bedroom council house, where concrete floors inside the building were being drilled through.

Radar is being used to check for any abnormalities in the property which might pinpoint areas to search.

The remains of Miss Hamilton, who went missing from Bathgate in West Lothian, were found in a sandpit in the back garden of the Irvine Drive house.

Mr Tobin, who once lived in the property, was charged with the 15-year-old's murder and appeared at Linlithgow Sheriff Court on Thursday.

The body Miss McNicol, who was last seen returning from a trip to Hampshire, was discovered close to a patio area.

Detectives have carried out house-to-house inquiries in Irvine Drive and have appealed for any residents who lived in the area at the same time as Peter Tobin to get in touch with them.

The family who lived in the property until Monday have been receiving support from Kent Police family liaison officers.

It is thought a number of other murder cases are being re-examined in the light of the Margate discoveries.

These are believed to include the murder of Jessie Earl, who disappeared from Eastbourne in East Sussex in 1980 and was found dead nine years later, and the deaths of three women killed in Glasgow in the late 1960s by a man dubbed "Bible John".


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