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Missing-boy police get more time
11-year-old Joe Geeling
Joe Geeling was last seen in the Manchester Road area of Bury
Police investigating the disappearance of a schoolboy have been given until Sunday morning to question a 14-year-old boy on suspicion of murder.

Officers searching for missing 11-year-old Joe Geeling in Bury, Greater Manchester, earlier found a body in a park near his home.

It was found hidden in a wooded gulley in Whitehead Park on Thursday but has not yet been formally identified.

Police said a number of different items were used to try to conceal the body.

The teenage suspect was arrested on Thursday.

Police and scenes of crime officers at the park
The body found in Whitehead Park has not yet been identified
Detectives were also searching a nearby house as part of the investigation into the discovery of the body.

The body was removed from the park on Friday evening and taken to a mortuary pending a post-mortem examination on Saturday and a formal identification.

Joe, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, was last seen on Manchester Road on his way home from St Gabriel's RC High School on Wednesday.

His school is just a 15-minute walk from the youngster's home on Devon Street.

Police forensic teams began searching the semi-detached house on Thursday, at about the same time as they arrested the 14-year-old boy.


SEE ALSO:
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03 Mar 06 |  Manchester
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03 Mar 06 |  Manchester
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