Police have taken control of part of a garage area in Stifford Clays in a search connected to the murder of 15-year-old Danielle Jones in 2001.
Officers are at the site under the powers of a warrant and a cordon has been established. Inside that cordon are 20 plots, some of which will form part of the search.
Forensic examinations were conducted yesterday and the garages made safe so further work can start today, Tuesday, May 16.
That work will start with a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) device being used to check for any anomalies inside the cordon. That investigative work will then determine what excavation will be required.
ACC Steve Worron, head of the SCD, said: “I am pleased with the way the work is progressing on site and as we move in to our second day we will work with a forensic archaeologist to establish where any excavation will be required.
“This search will be thorough and as such I have placed no definite timescales on how long it will take. I am determined to ensure when we leave this location we do so knowing whether this is where Danielle’s body was buried 16 years ago.
“I appreciate the disruption our activity here will be causing local residents and I would like to thank them for their cooperation.”
On Monday afternoon Danielle’s parents Linda and Tony Jones visited the site accompanied by their Family Liaison Officer (FLO). The FLO has been assigned to support the family since Danielle’s disappearance in 2001.