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Police restart search for girl who disappeared in 1975


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Dutch police have reopened the search for a teenage girl, who went missing in the Netherlands almost 44 years ago, they said on Monday.

They, however, said that the search for her body has got a new lead.

“The body of the 17-year-old girl, named Marjo, may be buried in woodlands close to the German border in the Beesel municipality,’’ Dutch police.

Soil analysis and excavation works are planned.

Investigators said the new information was convincing enough that it could lead to a breakthrough in the case.

It is unclear how long the search might take.

The girl, who came from a nearby village, disappeared after a visit to a fair in the town of Sittard in 1975.

After missing the last bus home, she borrowed a moped that was later found in a ditch on the side of a road.

Pieces of clothing and a helmet were found 70 kilometres further north.

Media reports said even though the statute of limitations for a murder prosecution has expired under Dutch law, investigators still want to clear up the case for her relatives.

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