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'No body' in 1954 death mystery
Derek Saville
Derek Saville's body was never found
Police excavating land in Herefordshire have not found the body of a man who went missing more than 50 years ago.

Derek Saville was 25 when he disappeared on 7 December 1954 after leaving his girlfriend's house in Canon Pyon, Herefordshire.

A witness gave West Mercia police new information about a possible makeshift grave in a nearby field.

But police have stopped their dig after no human remains were found. Officers said the inquiry would continue.

There are other lines of inquiry that we will be following up so the investigation is still ongoing
West Mercia Police

A 20m square area, measuring 6ft deep has been examined but police have been advised by archaeologists that there is no evidence of a shallow grave or any human remains.

"This concludes this part of the investigation," the spokesman added.

"There are other lines of inquiry that we will be following up so the investigation is still ongoing.

The site being dug up
Police excavated a 20m square area of land

"We still believe the evidence from the witness was credible and genuine, that they believe what they saw."

The witness, who lives in Australia, told police that he had seen his father digging, along with other men, what appeared to be a makeshift grave in the field.

His father is now dead.

Mr Saville's disappearance was one of the highest profile inquiries of its time.

There was speculation he had been threatened and intimidated by a man on the day he disappeared.

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