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Second body confirmed as Dinah's
Dinah McNicol
Dinah McNicol went missing in 1991 after a trip to Hampshire
Police have confirmed the second body found at a house in Kent is that of Essex teenager Dinah McNicol, who went missing in 1991 aged 18.

Police had believed clothing and jewellery also found at 50 Irvine Drive, Margate, were consistent with the remains being Miss McNicol's.

DNA tests have now confirmed the remains are those of Dinah, and her family has been informed.

The body of Vicky Hamilton was found at the house on 12 November.

Vicky, who was from Redding near Falkirk, was discovered in the back garden of the property, where Peter Tobin used to live.

She went missing in Bathgate, West Lothian, in 1991. Peter Tobin was charged with her murder and appeared at Linlithgow Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Vicky Hamilton
Vicky Hamilton was found in at the house on 12 November

A spokeswoman for Essex Police said the examination of the inside of the house was continuing and was expected to last until the end of the week.

Excavations outside the house have finished.

Dinah failed to return home to Tillingham from a trip to Hampshire 16 years ago.

Her father, Ian McNicol visited the house in Margate on Monday and said the family would now be able to lay her to rest and grieve.

Gathering evidence

Vicky Hamilton's two sisters and her brother earlier issued a statement speaking of their loss and thanking Essex Police.

The family said: "This is a difficult time for us all but the knowledge that Vicky will be reunited with her mother gives us solace and a degree of comfort."

Their heartbroken mother, Janette, died in 1993 not knowing what had happened to her daughter.

Det Supt Tim Wills, of Essex Police, said the focus of the search at Irvine Drive was now on gathering evidence.

Police were waiting for the formal identification of Dinah's body before interviewing 61-year-old Peter Tobin.

Nationally the police are continuing Operation Anagram, which aims to establish if the discoveries in Margate are linked to other unsolved cases.

The BBC cannot show pictures of Peter Tobin's face because of legal restrictions in Scotland.

Police finish off excavations in a Kent garden

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