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Monday, August 2, 1999 Published at 15:20 GMT 16:20 UK


Divers resume search for woman

Police are acting on a new lead from a member of the public

Police divers are conducting a river search for a young woman who went missing after leaving a Bath nightclub more than three years ago.

Avon and Somerset police are following a new lead from a member of the public who said he saw Melanie Hall, 26, arguing with a man on the riverbank in Bath on the night she disappeared.

Divers are searching a stretch of the River Avon - between Cleveland Bridge and Chatham Row - close to a nightclub where she was last seen.

'It'll never be too late'

A hospital worker, Ms Hall was with doctor boyfriend and a group of friends on the night of 9 June 1996. She became separated from her friends, who went home without her through a misunderstanding.

A member of the public contacted the police after seeing a recent item on the TV programme Crimestoppers.

She remains classed as a missing person, but her father Stephen believes she was murdered. A massive police hunt was launched after she disappeared.

Inspector Keith Jones, spokesman for Avon and Somerset police, said: "Although our inquiry is over three years old we still have officers involved in the investigation. This case will never be closed until we find out what happened to Melanie."

Inspector Jones has appealed for more people to come forward with information. "We believe there are still people who can help us. Perhaps their thoughts are still playing on their minds and they believe it is too late. But it will never be too late to contact us with information."

A reward of more than 10,000 is being offered for information leading to a conviction.

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