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Milly case detectives in hunt for two men.

Byline: JEFF EDWARDS

MURDERED schoolgirl Milly Dowler may have been abducted and killed by two men, police said yesterday.

A new witness has told detectives he saw a girl fitting her description being marched across a field near where her remains were found last month.

The sighting was on the same day that Milly vanished and only an hour after she was last seen alive.

Detective Chief Superintendent Craig Denholm said it was "extremely significant".

He said: "It would have taken about an hour to drive from the place where she was abducted to the place where she was left.

"The girl was the right age and appearance, wearing the same dark school blazer and grey skirt that Milly was wearing.

"This incident took place about 300 yards from where her body was eventually found.

"They were walking in a field which is private land. It is uncultivated, without a path.

"It is not the sort of place where people would normally go.

"She was walking with one of the men following directly behind her and the other about six feet behind them. We think this probably was Milly with her killers.

"If it was not her, then we urgently want to hear from the girl and the men with her so they can all be eliminated from this investigation."

The witness, a local man in his 30s, made the sighting as he drove along a road near Yateley Heath Forest, close to Fleet in Hampshire, where Milly's remains were found.

Detectives are treating Milly's murder as a sex crime.

Up until now, police have been working on the theory that the teenager, who disappeared in her home town of Walton on Thames, Surrey, on March 31, had been snatched from the street by a paedophile.

Another member of the hunt team said: "We are now looking at the very definite possibility that she was taken away by two men, not a lone individual."

Murder investigators say it is incredibly rare for child killers to work with an accomplice.

In the last 40 years, police have only uncovered three cases: Moors murderers Myra Hindley and Ian Brady, Fred and Rose West, and John Duffy and David Mulcahy, who murdered three young women in a rape rampage in the 1980s.
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