THE tragic murder of schoolgirl Danielle Jones will take central stage in new TV show.

The show will form part of a When Missing Turns to Murder on Crime + Investigation channel, which has worked closely with family members and police officers to put the episode together.

The fifth episode of the series tells the tragic story of Danielle Jones, aged 15, who was last seen on June 18, 2001 near her home in East Tilbury as she left for school.

Later that day Danielle was abducted and murdered by her uncle Stuart Campbell, who after 18 years is still to disclose the location of Danielle’s body.

After failing to arrive that morning, the school informed Danielle’s mother Linda that she was absent.

As it became apparent that Danielle had not simply taken a day off but that something much more sinister had occurred, a missing persons investigation was opened. Eyewitness reported seeing a school girl arguing with a man nearby Danielle’s home, with further reports suggesting the man she was seen with owned a blue van.

After Danielle had been reported as missing, police turned their focus to the blue van, leading them to her uncle, Stuart Campbell. When they searched his house, detectives found a pair of white stockings, stained with blood. Subsequent DNA tests showed a match for both Danielle and Campbell.

There was also a diary detailing his contact with Danielle, camera equipment and material of a paedophilic nature.

During Campbell’s trial it emerged that he sent fake messages from Danielle’s phone to himself after he had murdered her in the hope they would deflect suspicion from him.

Campbell was found guilty by unanimous verdict and was later sentenced to a life term. He would serve at least 20 years of his life sentence for murder, with a further sentence of 10 years for Danielle’s abduction. Stuart Campbell has refused to share the whereabouts of Danielle’s body to this day - with her mum, Linda, campaigning for “Helen’s Law” to block parole for killers who conceal the whereabouts of their victims’ bodies.

The episode will air at 9pm on April 1.