The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that an excavation that took place yesterday was part of its ongoing investigation into the disappearance of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh.
Police vans were seen just outside Drakes Broughton in Worcestershire, with officers seen digging in a field behind.
The Met's press office confirmed to local news website the Halesowen News that the search related to the Suzy Lamplugh disappearance.
The police statement reads as follows:
Officers received new information about Miss Lamplugh’s disappearance following the publicity around the search of a property in Sutton Coldfield in November 2018, as part of this investigation.
All information was reviewed. Information relating to the areas we are currently searching was assessed and the decision was taken to make further enquiries.
We will not be commenting on any speculation surrounding the search.
Miss Lamplugh's family have been notified.
The ongoing investigation into Miss Lamplugh’s disappearance is being led by the Met’s Central Specialist Crime Command.
Officers will continue to assess any new information received in connection with this case.
Anyone that knows anything that could assist the investigation is asked to call officers on 0207 230 4294.
The landowner is in no way connected to the search being undertaken, or the investigation.
Suzy Lamplugh disappeared in July 1986, aged 25. She was going to an appointment to meet a client - known as 'Mr Kipper' - in Fulham, West London.
She was presumed murdered and declared dead in 1994 but her body has never been found, despite many tip-offs and searches.
Last October, 32 years on from her disappearance, a new police search for her body took place at a property in the Midlands.
Workplace safety charity The Suzy Lamplugh Trust was set up in Suzy's memory by her parents Paul and Diana in 1986.
The charity has been involved in a series of highly-respected initiatives, many of them aimed at improving the safety of lone female workers.