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Laura hunt: police find body.

POLICE searching for missing teenager Laura Torn discovered a female body yest erday.

The missing 18-year old disappeared after a night out with family and friends last week.

North Lincolnshire Police said the family of the teenager had been informed over the discovery, in Misson, Nottinghamshire, shortly before 6pm.

They were receiving specialist counselling, police said.

A Humberside Police spokeswoman said, eeThe body of a female was discovered off a rough farm track approximately two miles across the Humberside Policed border into the Nottingham Police a r ea . '' Laura, from Owston Ferry, North Lincolnshire, was last seen in the market square of the isolated village of Owston Ferry after leaving the Crooked Billet pub in the early hours of April 27.

Since her disappearance detectives have been carrying out searches of the River Trent and surrounding countryside.

Police said the body had not been identified and would be removed to Sheffield for a post-mortem examination at the Medico Legal Centre.

Detectives have been given until 6.30am tomorrow to question a 31-year old man arrested on suspicion of Laura's murder.

The police spokeswoman said, eeThe area was immediately cordoned off and scenes of crime officers from Humberside Police attended.''

Earlier yesterday police had widened their search to include fields, woodland areas, haystacks and drainage points in the area surrounding the village where Laura was last seen.

The Underwater Search Unit had also searched the five-mile stretch of the River Trent which runs through the village using hi-tech sonar equipment.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 8, 2003
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