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'Items' found in search for Melanie
Melanie Hall
Melanie Hall was last seen in 1996
Police investigating the disappearance of Melanie Hall, who has not been seen since 1996, have completed a search of farmland near Bath.

Officers say they have found a number of items at the site, but it is too early to say whether they are connected to the inquiry.

Miss Hall has been missing since the early hours of 9 June, 1996, when she vanished after spending the evening at Cadillacs nightclub in Bath.

Despite extensive searches, the offer of a 10,000 reward and a number of television appeals, no trace of the hospital clerical worker, then aged 25, has ever been found.

Further examination

Earlier this month, acting on new information, Avon and Somerset Police arrested two men in connection with the disappearance.

They also cordoned off an area of land at Inglesbatch, which is used as a motorcycle track, to carry out a search.

Farm at Innsbatch which police looking for Melanie Hall, missing since 1996, have been searching.
The farm itself was also searched
The cellars of a charity shop in Bath, which was a taxi company at the time Miss Hall went missing, have also been searched.

The two men arrested and questioned in connection with her disappearance earlier this month have been released on bail by police.

A police spokesman said: "The team of officers who were sifting through two mounds of earth in a field at Inglesbatch near Bath have now completed their search.

"The search within Beaufort Farm itself has also finished and members of the inquiry team have now left the area.

"A small number of objects were found during the work in the field, but it is too early to know whether any of these will be of help to the inquiry - they are being examined further."

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