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Hunt for ex-miner draws a blank
Edward Donnelly
Edward Donnelly was last seen in March 2002
Police investigating the disappearance of a former miner have concluded their search of a colliery site without finding anything of significance.

Edward Donnelly, 53, went missing from his home in Fynway, Sacriston, County Durham, on 25 March 2002.

Acting on new information, officers searched a former air raid shelter, a ravine, woodland and a mine shaft in Sacriston, but drew a blank.

A Durham Police spokesman said they will now pursue other lines of inquiry.

The search of the former site of the Sacriston colliery began on Monday morning, and involved earth moving equipment and specialist dog teams.

In March, police went to a house in Elm Street, Sacriston, following a tip off and searched it for three days.

Samples were sent for forensic analysis and this latest search came after officers received more information.

Police are urging anyone with any information about Mr Donnelly's disappearance to come forward.


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