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Last Updated: Friday, 30 September 2005, 07:26 GMT 08:26 UK
Two quizzed over dismembered girl
Rochelle Holness
Rochelle was reported missing on Tuesday
Detectives are continuing to question a man and a woman arrested over the murder of a girl whose dismembered body was found dumped in a housing estate.

The discovery of Rochelle Holness, 15, was made at Milford Towers in Catford, south London, on Wednesday when her body parts were found in bin liners.

The pair, both 47, are not thought to have been known by Rochelle, who is from Lewisham in south London.

Police believe Rochelle, last seen on Sunday night, was kidnapped.

Her remains were found after an ambulance was called to treat an injured man at a flat on the estate on Wednesday morning.

Phone box

Ambulance staff called police who arrested the man and woman at the flat.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment to cuts before being discharged.

He and the woman were taken to separate south London police stations to be interviewed.

Rochelle was last seen at about 1900 BST on Sunday after saying she was going to call her boyfriend from a phone box on the Milford Towers estate.

It is a pretty nasty area - you just lock your doors and windows and hope no-one bothers you
Christine Stewart, Milford Towers resident

When she failed to return home that night her parents assumed she was staying with friends.

It was only when her boyfriend called on Monday, to say he had not heard from her, that they became concerned.

She was reported missing on Tuesday and her remains found the next day.

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Thursday.

Distraught family and friends have taken flowers to the scene, which is behind a police cordon, and scenes of crime officers have been seen leaving with evidence bags.

Det Supt Paul McAleenan said: "At this early stage, it is not clear when Rochelle was killed.

'Petty theft'

"I want to hear from anyone who was in the area at any time from Sunday evening to the early hours of Wednesday."

Residents on the estate said there is often trouble in the area.

Christine Stewart, 40, has lived there for 10 years, but plans to leave as soon as her son goes to secondary school.

"It is not a nice area," she said. "There is lots of petty theft and my neighbour next door was burgled.

"She found somebody in her house and the woman the other end was burgled at the same time.

"It is a pretty nasty area - you just lock your doors and windows and hope no-one bothers you."


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