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Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells Holly and Jessica: timeline of events
The story of Holly and Jessica's disappearance:

Sunday 4 August 2002

  • The day the girls go missing

Tuesday 6 August 2002

  • Footie star David Beckham appeals for the girls to return home.

Saturday 10 August 2002

  • Police use two young actresses to stage a reconstruction of the girls' last known moves.

Saturday 17 August 2002

  • The bodies of the girls are found in a ditch at Lakenheath Suffolk.

  • Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr are arrested.

Sunday 18 August 2002

  • Local people gather at St Andrew's Church in Soham for a special service for the girls.

  • The police say they are as certain as they can be that the bodies are those of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

Wednesday 21 August 2002

  • Police charge two people in connection with the deaths of the girls.

  • The Soham school caretaker, Ian Huntley, is charged with the murder and his girlfriend Maxine Huntley is charged with lying to the police.

Sunday 25 August 2002

  • Police say they have found what they think are clothes that the two girls were wearing when they disappeared.

Tuesday 8 October 2002

  • Doctors decide Ian Huntley is mentally fit to stand trial.

Wednesday 16 April 2003

  • Ian Huntley pleads not guilty to the murders. Maxine Carr pleads not guilty to lying to the police.

Monday 27 October 2003

  • Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr attend a pre-trial hearing at the Old Bailey.

Monday 3 November 2003

  • The trial of Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr begins at the Old Bailey.

    Wednesday 17 December 2003

    • Ian Huntley is found guilty of murdering both Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells.

    • Maxine Carr is found not guilty of helping Ian Huntley in relation to the deaths of the girls but guilty of lying to the police about what happened.
    • Huntley was given two life sentences by the judge.
    • Maxine Carr was sentenced to three and a half years in jail, but she's already been there for 16 months waiting for her trial. That means she might be out of jail in a couple of years.

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