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Tuesday, 8 January, 2002, 20:49 GMT
Police prostitute deaths inquiry
Hayley Curtis
Dental records were used to identify Hayley Curtis
Police say the body of a prostitute found almost 200 miles from where she disappeared could be linked to the death of another woman.

Hayley Curtis, 23, vanished from the Mile Cross area in Norwich last October.

But police from the city were alerted by colleagues in Hampshire when ramblers found a body in a shallow ditch near Petersfield.

Now detectives are examining possible links with the death of another prostitute and the disappearance of another woman.

Awaiting results

Officers are also trying to piece together how the body came to be 187 miles away from where Miss Curtis lived.

A post-mortem examination carried out on the body has not yet revealed a cause of death and Hampshire police are awaiting toxicology results.

Map showing Norwich and Petersfield, Hampshire

Nina Terry, a spokeswoman for Norfolk police, said a team of 30 officers is investigating the death of Miss Curtis.

She added they are also looking at possible links to the death of 16-year-old prostitute Natalie Pearman who was found strangled 10 years ago in the Ringland Hills area of Norwich.

And she said police are looking at similarities to the disappearance 18 months ago of another prostitute, 29-year-old Kellie Pratt, who is still missing from Norwich.

Ms Terry said: "Any similarities will be looked into but we are not linking the three cases at present."

Ramblers found Miss Curtis's body close near a slipway to the A3 in Petersfield on Saturday afternoon.

Detective Inspector Tony Adams, second in command of the Hampshire investigation, said he was working closely with Norfolk police on the case.

No injuries

A Hampshire police spokeswoman said the post-mortem revealed that there were no external injuries.

The body was found clothed and partially covered, but had been disturbed by animals.

Ms Curtis' family said they did not want to comment on the investigation.

Hampshire police spokeswoman Pauline Davey said: "Hampshire and Norfolk detectives are now working closely together to establish the circumstances of her death."

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