Remains found in search for murdered Kate's body
Published 25/11/2011 | 05:00
Human remains believed to be those of Kate Prout, who was murdered by her husband four years ago, were found by police yesterday.
They were discovered close to where Adrian Prout told police he had buried her body after dramatically confessing last week to the murder.
Specialist forensic experts and cadaver dogs have been searching woodland on the £1.2m (€1.4m) farm in Red Marley, Gloucestershire, for four days.
Prout (49) had previously maintained that his wife disappeared in November 2007, but he was convicted of her murder in February last year.
On Friday he was brought to the farm from his prison cell in handcuffs and took detectives to the area where he believed he had buried the 55-year-old.
Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, of Gloucestershire Police, said yesterday: "At one o'clock this afternoon we have found human remains close to the location Adrian Prout identified.
"No formal identification has taken place; however, we have informed Kate's family of recent developments.
Prout's admission came to his fiancee, Debbie Garlick, a year after Mrs Prout's family last pleaded with him to reveal the truth.
Ms Garlick said he had revealed the truth during a prison visit last week. "He just confessed," she said.
Asked what he said, she replied: "I am sorry, I did..."
The remains found by police are due to be removed with formal identification expected in the coming days.
Prout, who fathered a child with Ms Garlick after his wife's disappearance, was thought to have strangled and then used his expertise as a professional pipe-layer to bury her body.
Despite no body being found a jury found him guilty of murder and he was jailed for a minimum of 18 years.