Detectives investigating disappearance of landlady more than 17 years ago begin excavations at the pub she ran
Detectives investigating the disappearance of a landlady more than 17 years ago have begun excavations at the pub she ran.
Deborah Steel, former landlady of the Royal Standard Public House in Ely, Cambridgeshire, went missing on December 28 1997.
Police recently reclassified the investigation as a murder inquiry but the 37-year-old's body has never been found.
Today Cambridgeshire Police said they had begun digging up the patio outside the pub.
A spokesman added: "The search is being undertaken with the full consent of the present landlord, who is not connected with the investigation."
Cold case officers have previously excavated land in the Longfields area of the city.
A 73-year-old man arrested as part of the inquiry is currently on police bail.
Two men, aged 70 and 50, who were also arrested have since been released without charge.
Anyone with any information should call 01480 425880 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.