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Fund is set up in Dinah's memory
Dinah McNicol
Dinah McNicol went missing in 1991 after a trip to Hampshire
A school is setting up a fund in memory of an Essex teenager whose remains were found at a house in Margate, Kent.

Dinah McNicol, 18, disappeared in 1991 after sitting her A-levels at Chelmsford County High School, where she had been a pupil since 1985.

The proceeds of the fund, which is being established by the school, will go to the Essex Police Benevolent Fund and the Missing People charity.

Special assemblies are to be held at the school next week.

Head teacher Nicole Chapman said: "In assemblies next week I will talk to the girls about Dinah, about the circumstances and what we as a school should be doing to remember her as she was a member of our community."

One of her teachers at Chelmsford County High School for Girls, Penny Vaughan, said: "It's something of a relief to know after all these years what happened rather than wondering.

"But it's just so appalling to think of all the intervening years and what her future might have been."

Anyone who wishes to contribute to the fund should contact the head teacher at the school.

Cards and letters

Dinah McNicol's father, Ian McNicol, released a statement thanking the police involved in finding his daughter.

He said: "We are so indebted to them as well as the Missing People charity.

"I would also like to thank all the people who have sent cards and letters.

"Also, Chelmsford County High School for Girls has been fantastic and a special thanks to the headmistress.

"My deepest thoughts are also with the family of Vicky Hamilton."

Ms McNicol, from Tillingham near Maldon, disappeared on her way home from a music festival in Hampshire in August 1991.

Her body, and that of Vicky Hamilton, 15, from Redding, near Falkirk, were found at 50 Irvine Drive, Margate.

The council-owned property has been boarded up pending the next phase of the investigation, Essex Police said.

Peter Tobin, 61, has been charged in Scotland with the murder of Vicky Hamilton.

Dinah McNicol's former teachers paid tribute to the hard-working student

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