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Last Updated: Friday, 18 July, 2003, 10:26 GMT 11:26 UK
Search fails to find weapon
Officer on lane
A thorough search of the lane was conducted
Officers searching the lane where Jodi Jones was murdered have been unable to find the knife used to kill her.

Police conducted a detailed search of woodland in Dalkeith and the path, known as Roman Dyke, where the teenager's body was found on 30 June.

Detectives had been searching for the knife or "similar weapon" used in the frenzied attack.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokeswoman said a thorough physical and forensic search of the area had been carried out.

Police took away dozens of samples of vegetation and soil for laboratory analysis in the hope that traces of the killer might be found.

It was confirmed that the path has now been opened to the public.

Witness breakthrough

Jodi had left her home in Easthouses to meet her boyfriend when she was attacked.

Her body was found by relatives after she failed to turn up at her boyfriend's or return home.

Detectives have been waiting for a breakthrough in the case and announced on Wednesday that potentially significant information from witnesses had been obtained.

They have appealed to a young man who was seen walking behind Jodi as she headed towards the path.

Detective Inspector Tom Martin said one person also believed that he saw the man on the night of the police reconstruction a week later.

Earlier this week, Jodi's mother appealed in a statement for anyone who knew the killer of her daughter to come forward.


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