Arkinson family updated after search for missing teenager’s body ends

Forensic officers at the scene of the search for Arlene Arkinson.  Picture by Joe Bolan/Press Eye.

Forensic officers at the scene of the search for Arlene Arkinson. Picture by Joe Bolan/Press Eye.

Police say “nothing suspicious” has been found following a fresh search for the body of missing Castlederg teenager Arlene Arkinson.

The operation at Killen, County Tyrone, close to where the 15-year-old was last seen, has now ended and the Arkinson family have been updated.

The schoolgirl disappeared in August 1994 after a night out across the border in Co Donegal.

Arlene was last seen being driven off down a country road late at night by child killer Robert Howard. He was acquitted of her murder in 2005 by a jury not told about his lengthy criminal history which included killing another teenager, Hannah Williams, in south London several years earlier.

Howard remained the prime suspect in the unsolved case until his death in an English prison last year.