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Search for Milly case man goes on.

Detectives are continuing to search for a man who was seen carrying a shovel near where the body of schoolgirl Amanda Dowler was found.

The 13-year-old's remains were found in Yateley Heath Woods in Hampshire and detectives want to identify a man, aged in his late 40s, seen in the area on the morning of Sunday, March 24, three days after Milly disappeared.

He was wearing a thigh-length, green parka-like jacket with a hood and was spotted near the Ely pub on the A30.

A makeshift camp has been found in this same area, containing bottles, cans, old food and a sleeping bag.

The man was described by witnesses as aged between 45 and 50, and 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build. Detectives believe that the man could hold vital information regarding the murder of Amanda, also known as Milly.

The teenager disappeared walking home from the train station in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, in what police believe was a 'chance abduction'.

Her remains were found 25 miles away nearly two weeks ago by a couple picking mushrooms in the wood.

Detectives would also like to identify another man seen nearby wearing a black leather coat who may also have been camping in woodland.

The white man, aged in his 30s, was seen at a roundabout on the exit route from Elvetham Heath Estate going towards Ancells Farm Estate, shortly after 11am on either March 27 or 28.

The man, who was about 6ft tall with dark neatly-cut hair, was wearing black trousers and black shoes.

He had mud on his clothing, particularly his jacket and there was a 'rolled up item' lying on the ground nearby.

Another makeshift camp was also found in the woods nearby.
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