Cops dig for body buried 50 years ago
Cops were digging up a garden after a tip that a woman’s body was buried there more than 50 years ago.
They believe she could be the victim of an unreported crime in the 1950s.
The family currently living at the three-bedroom semi-detached house have been moved out while the search goes on. Police stressed the family had no connection with the investigation and were not suspected of any crime.
Neighbours said the garden once had a pond, which was filled in with gravel.
A forensic science team is being aided by Home Office experts. Yesterday’s dig drew a blank but police said they were acting on “credible information”. They were told that the woman was called Laura.
A mobile police station was set up outside the house in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Det Inspector Lee Whitehead, from Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “We are today beginning to search at 48 Rankine Road.
“I do not know at this time how long the search will take.
“We are focusing on this property after receiving information that human remains may be buried in the garden from a possible offence dating back to the late 1950s.
“It is important to see if this will lead us to a historical crime never reported to police at the time.”