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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 March, 2005, 15:23 GMT
Joanne officers find missing bag
Joanne Nelson
Joanne Nelson was reported missing more than one month ago
Police hunting for the body of missing Hull woman Joanne Nelson have confirmed that they have found what is thought to be her handbag.

Miss Nelson was reported missing on 14 February by her fiancÚ, Paul Dyson, 30, who has been charged with murder.

The bag was found near a railway line under the County Road North flyover in Hull, police said.

Detectives are also looking for land where western hemlock and birch trees are being grown together.

They will not go into details about why they believe such a site could be significant in the hunt for Miss Nelson's body.

Det Supt Ray Higgins said: "This information has been received as part of ongoing police inquiries and I urge anyone who may know of sites that contain two such trees growing together to contact the incident room immediately."

The Forestry Commission has been contacted to see if they know of any likely sites.

Cutting hedges

Mr Higgins, who is leading the investigation, said the bag was found near Miss Nelson's home in Hotham Road North one week after she was first reported missing and has been subjected to forensic tests.

Police are still searching for the 22-year-old Miss Nelson's phone, coat and boots.

Mr Higgins added: "Officers have been in Strathcona Avenue near to Hotham Road North searching and cutting back hedges to look for the items.

"The priority of the investigation is to find Joanne and the searches will continue until we do so and are able to end the distress being caused to Joanne's family."

On Thursday, 40 community wardens from Hull joined the hunt for Miss Nelson's body across East Yorkshire.

Search teams have already spent more than a month combing about 800 sq km of East and North Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.


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