POLICE drilled into garage bases during day three of a renewed search for murdered Danielle Jones’s body.
The intense probe by officers has so far proved unsuccessful and yesterday zoned in on key concrete foundations in the garage block between Goddard Road and Crammavill Street, Stifford Clays.
At about 2pm, forensics moved radar guiding equipment to plot nine, one of twenty bases being searched and explored.
At the site police promptly placed screening around the base and started drilling into the floor, which after about two hours of searching ultimately proved unsuccessful.
Police confirmed radar equipment and various searches have concluded “with certainty” that the schoolgirl’s body was not in the bases so far checked.
Steve Worron, assistant Chief Constable of the Essex and Kent Serious Crime Directorate, says Tuesday’s base was “the focus of their work” for the day, not the whole search.
Mr Worron reiterated calls that the force will do all it can to know for certain if the East Tilbury teenager’s body is buried at the block.
She disappeared almost 16 years ago.
She was aged just 15.
The senior officer says Danielle’s case is “not closed” and that the search and investigation will go on “for as long as it takes.”
He said: “A thorough search was conducted on the base which formed the focus of our work on Tuesday and I am confident that Danielle’s body is not there.
“I am however committed to ensuring that we satisfy ourselves, before leaving the area, that there is nothing concealed under any of the bases indicated within the information received in February.
“Danielle’s family have been updated on this development and we continue to work with them.
“This case is not closed.
“It will remain open until Danielle’s body is found and she is returned to her family.
“The one person who knows where her body is still refuses to tell police or her family.
“Stuart Campbell could end the last 16 years of pain for Linda and Tony and tell them where their daughter is.
“If anyone has any information, however small or insignificant you feel this may be, please contact my detectives at the Stanway Major Incident Room on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
The search comes after an, as yet unnamed, tip-off in February which police have revealed is a “credible line of enquiry”.
On Monday, Danielle’s parents Linda and Tony were taken around the entire site by police officers as specialists primed the area cordoned off ready for searching.
Work will continue on the site over the next few days to establish whether any further excavation is required at any of the other plot.