TOP COP VISITS DIG SCENE
PUBLISHED: 13:04 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:41 23 August 2010
DETECTIVES searching a house for the body of a man who vanished 16 years ago were visited by the county s top cop as digging continued for a second day. Mike Fuller, the Chief Constable of a Kent Police, was shown the work being carried out by police at
DETECTIVES searching a house for the body of a man who vanished 16 years ago were visited by the county's top cop as digging continued for a second day.
Mike Fuller, the Chief Constable of a Kent Police, was shown the work being carried out by police at the house and its garden in Jubilee Crescent, Gravesend yesterday (6)
Police believe the body of Karl Hotchkiss, 24, also known as Bert, who vanished back in 1993, could be buried at the house.
Mr Fuller said: "It is important that we never give up, in terms of researching, investigating old cases, and this is a good example
"It is too early to say whether we will be successful or not, but we wouldn't undertake excavations like this without good intelligence.
"It would be some days yet before we are any clearer as to whether we will find Karl, but I think the main thing is showing our commitment in finding him.
"It is very important that we bring closure to families, they want to know where Karl is, whether he is alive or not and that is why we attach so much importance to this investigation."
Mr Hotchkiss, who had one son, also called Karl, was last seen on April 11 1993. A missing persons inquiry was launched, and six years later officers received intelligence that he could have been murdered.
In February this year, Kent Police Cold Case Investigation team launched a new appeal, and information led them to the house in Jubilee Crescent.
Police began searching the house on Tuesday (5), and began digging up the garden using a digger, and will use radar equipment to search for disturbed soil.
Work is expected to continue for two weeks.
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