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Excavation is slated to begin at a Gloucester cafe after police uncover “possible evidence” as to where an alleged juvenile victim of serial killer Fred West may be buried.

Forensic archaeologists have been working at the Clean Plate cafe carried out an investigation on Southgate Street in connection with the disappearance of 15-year-old Mary Bastholm, who was last seen alive in January 1968.

Gloucestershire Police may have received evidence from a television production company suggesting that the Missing teenager’s body could be buried locally.

This included a picture of what appeared to be blue material buried in an area of ​​the basement. Mary was wearing a blue coat when she went missing.

Forensic archaeologists have confirmed that there are a number of structural anomalies in the basement warranting further exploration and excavation.

Detective Chief Inspector John Turner said: “Our experts’ analysis and the material provided by the production company mean that there is enough evidence to warrant starting the excavation.

” I spoke to the family and was so impressed with their calm dignity and gratitude for all the work we have done and will do.

“They understand that it is possible we may not find human remains, but they also know that we will do everything we can to see if Mary is on this one Place is buried.

“This will be slow and arduous work, but we have the best people and I can assure our communities that everyone involved, from my investigative team from our scenes with detectives, search officers and family liaison officers to forensic archaeologists who will continue to do their jobs are absolutely committed to the work ahead of us.

“In the meantime, I continue to ask all of our standing Presence in the cafe are concerned, for your patience and understanding and thank you to everyone who has helped us over the past 10 days. “

In a statement, the teenager’s family said,” Investigator in charge John Turner has sat with us and the The ongoing investigation and his intentions to dig out the cafe to find Mary.

“We are very happy that the Gloucestershire Police are still trying to find Mary and this gives us the opportunity to track them down for all of them.” Years to calm down.

“We would like to thank everyone who asked us for support during this difficult time. We remain in close contact with the investigation team and will be kept informed of any new developments.

“We hope this is a chance to shut Mary down for good and would like to continue to ask for privacy while the excavations continue. “

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The serial killer West, who died in prison in 1995 at the age of 53, was previously suspected of Mary’s disappearance.

Along with his wife, Rose, West tortured, raped and murdered an unknown number over a period of 20 years by women.

Mary’s disappearance in 1968 was at a time when Fred West, who often worked on the street where she worked as a waitress in a cafe, was kidnapping girls in Gloucester.

West is said to have confessed The police never admitted to having killed Mary while talking to his son Stephen.

Mary’s body was found in Cromwell in 1994 during the excavation of the House of the West, now known as the “House of Horrors” Street in Gloucester not found.

West was charged with 12 murders but committed suicide in a Birmingham prison prior to his trial.

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Police in England find “possible evidence” of a missing teenager linked to serial killer Fred West