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Thursday, 8 August, 2002, 12:50 GMT 13:50 UK
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The police searching for the missing girls
Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, both aged ten, went missing from the town of Soham in Cambridgeshire on 4 August. BBC News Online has full coverage of the search.


Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman
Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman
5 August 2002:
Search begins

Hundreds of volunteers turn out to search for the two girls a day after they disappeared while playing near Holly's home.




Parents Kevin and Nicola Wells
Kevin and Nicola Wells
6 August 2002:
Parents appeal for information

A reported sighting of the two girls raises hopes that they might be found, as their distraught parents appeal for information.




Candles at the vigil for the missing girls
Vigil for the girls
7 August 2002:
Hopes fade

Hopes for the missing girls begin to fade as friends and neighbours hold a vigil to pray for the safe return of the pair.




The reconstruction
The girls retrace Holly and Jessica's steps
10 August 2002:
Police retrace girls' last steps

Police stage a reconstruction in Soham using two girls, chosen for their resemblance to the 10-year-old best friends.




Week 2


Items the police are trying to trace
Replicas of the girls' possessions
12 August 2002:
Driver saw 'struggle' with children

A taxi driver saw a man struggling with two children in a car on the evening the two girls went missing, say police.




Police officers seal off the area around Soham Village College
Police officers seal off the area around Soham Village College
17 August 2002:
Bodies found

Two bodies, assumed to be those of the missing girls, are discovered in woodland just hours after two people, a school caretaker and his girlfriend, are arrested on suspicion of murder.






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