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Last Updated: Monday, 18 July, 2005, 16:41 GMT 17:41 UK
Dog remains found in murder dig
Laura May Shatanawi
Laura May Shatanawi disappeared in 1993
Police and forensic experts trying to find the remains of a murder victim have called off their dig at a golf course after recovering a dead dog.

Cleveland Police cordoned off an area at Seaton Carew Golf Course after being told that the remains of Laura May Shatanawi, 36, could be buried there.

But the search was called off on Monday afternoon after the canine remains were found wrapped in a leather coat.

The victim's husband Hassan, 46, was convicted of her murder in 1994.

A spokesman for Cleveland Police said officers would never give up looking for the victim's body.

He said: "We can confirm we have found the skeletal remains of a dog at the site.

"The work carried out at the golf course today is an indication that we never give up and act on all information we receive.

"We will continue to look for the remains of Laura May."

Mrs Shatanawi disappeared in June 1993, leaving behind a son. She had taken an exam at Hartlepool College just before going missing.

A specialist team erected tents around the seafront site on Monday morning next to the green of the 10th hole, after being tipped off the remains of Mrs Shatanawi could be buried there.

Her Jordanian-born husband always maintained his innocence and claimed his wife took a last-minute holiday and never returned.

The 1994 court case hinged on the then new technique of genetic fingerprinting, which the prosecution said proved Shatanawi had hatched an elaborate plot to cover up the disappearance of his wife.

He was charged when DNA tests were carried out on tiny blood and hair samples found in the shed.

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