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Search for body of missing mother will resume, say police
THE search for the body of a mother-of-three is to resume once detectives have followed up other leads in the investigation into her disappearance.
Police believe Rania Alayed’s remains have been hidden somewhere in the countryside around Thirsk, North Yorkshire.
The 25-year-old moved from Teesside to Manchester in January. She had previously lived in Middlesbrough then Norton, Stockton.
Police say she was reported missing on July 2, but police believe she was last seen on Friday, June 7.
Ahmed Khatib, 33, from Gorton, Manchester and brother-in-law, Muhammed Mahmood al Khatib, 38, from Salford, have since been charged with murder.
The investigation turned its attention to the North Yorkshire countryside after detectives established a white camper van travelled from Manchester to the A19 at the time of her disappearance.
They believe it stopped at an unidentified lay-by on the northbound carriageway of the busy road in the early hours of Saturday, June 8.
Officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP), supported by teams from North Yorkshire police, the RAF and army personnel spent three weeks searching alongside a 19-mile stretch of the A19, in a hunt which involved military equipment and a GMP spotter plane.
They believe the young mother's body may be concealed or buried in an area stretching from the junction of the A1(M) and A168 at Dishforth to the A19 junction with the A172 at Ingleby Arncliffe.
In their bid to find her, detectives also sent letters to 350 motorists who were known to have been driving in the area between 3am and 5am on June 8, to see if they have any information on the movements of the camper van, which was later recovered.
Detective Chief Inspector Pete Marsh, who is leading the search, said they planned to resume the search when the “time is appropriate”.
He said: "The search for Rania has been truly extensive and has involved hundreds of man hours from officers from two different police forces, supported by the military.
“As yet, Rania's body has not been located and we have recently completed a three week search phase.
“We are now moving into a further phase and are now examining other leads and intelligence with a view to re-starting the physical searches when the time is appropriate.”