Police today ruled out any link between an area of scrubland searched by detectives and the disappearance of Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers.
Officers from Lancashire Police spent more than three weeks searching an area of overgrown land behind All Hallows Church, Bispham, after a tip-off suggesting Paige’s body could be buried at the site.
The former Montgomery High School pupil has not been seen since she left her home on Longford Avenue, Bispham on August 17, 2007.
She was just 15.
Police believe she has been murdered after no trace has been found of her since.
Detectives leading the investigation said they were “optimistic” about the search when it began on May 8, having also searched a flat in Bispham in the weeks previous. But it has since drawn to a close.
Det Supt Andy Webster said: “We have conducted a thorough and detailed search of this area and I am satisfied this line of investigation is now closed.”
The search included specialist teams from the National Crime Agency and is thought to have also seen the use of ground radar equipment. Fifteen officers were involved in the search of the land, said to be the size of a small swimming pool.
Det Supt Webster added: “We remain as committed as ever to finding Paige’s body and bringing her killer to justice.
“I continue to appeal to the public for any information they may have about Paige’s murder, no matter how small, to come forward and contact us.
“I am still keen to hear from anyone who has any details of her movements on the August bank holiday weekend in 2007.”
Information relating to the body of teenager Paige Chivers possibly being buried in the scrubland was given to police after a £30,000 reward, for information leading to the conviction of Paige’s killer or the recovery of her body, was announced by detectives in April. Officers have said, despite the investigation of the area now closing, their offer of a reward is still valid. Det Supt Andy Webster said: “The reward of £30,000 remains on offer.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room via Lancashire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.