Police come up short in graveyard search for Gornal teenager

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Gornal teen Natalie Putt have come up short after completing their graveyard search.

Four sarcophagus type graves were dug up and examined by officers – without the need for any human remains to be exhumed – however, nothing was found.

A wider search of the whole graveyard also revealed nothing of interest to the police, who have since resealed the graves and restored to their original condition. Detective Inspector Ian Iliffe, from the force’s Cold Case Review Team, said:

“Unfortunately we found nothing which could give us any clues to Natalie’s whereabouts, but we are continuing to review other locations of interest as a result of information received during the last 24 hours.

“There have been some very significant telephone calls to us during this period of time, for which I would like to thank those who called, and the information provided is being followed up.

“We have been conducting local enquires to locate the man who made the telephone call from the kiosk in Lake Street. 

"I would like to appeal directly to this man - please contact my detectives, you could make a difference to the outcome of this investigation and provide the family with the answers that they deserve and have waited so many years for."

The coroner has been informed of the outcome of the search as detectives vow to continue their investigation.

Natalie’s family have been kept fully informed since the search began. In a statement released by the sisters yesterday, they said: “"In the near 14 years that Natalie has been missing, we have never given up hope of finding her safe and well.

“Until we know anything to the contrary this remains the case. We, her sisters, Becky and Lowri are together, surrounded by pictures of Natalie and have lit candles as a sign of hope.”

Anyone with information which may assist the investigation is urged to call police on 101 or 0121 428 6092. Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

While concerned members of the public who believe the police may have intruded upon a loved one’s grave should call 101 extension 863 3137.


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