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17 November 2016, 06:17
Police investigating the disappearance of 54-year-old Margaret Coston from Tunbridge Wells almost 20 years ago have received a number of calls which could lead to new information.
The 54-year-old was last seen leaving the former Pembury Hospital was reported missing in February 1997
Officers have been using modern search techniques and new expertise to search areas surrounding the hospital site...
Earlier this month Kent Police issued a renewed appeal in an effort to try and establish what had happened to Margaret Coston, who was reported missing on 23 February, 1997.
Margaret was last seen leaving the former Pembury Hospital, where she had been treated as a voluntary inpatient.
The 54-year-old was reported missing by the hospital and was believed to have left the grounds and wandered into nearby woodland.
At the time, police made extensive searches for Margaret but she was never found.
Following a periodic review of the investigation a decision was made to again search areas surrounding the hospital site, using modern search techniques and new expertise.
Officers leading the operation also appealed to those who had known Margaret to get in touch.
Inspector Ray Quiller said: ‘We have had a really encouraging response to the appeal, with a number of people who knew Margaret contacting us. It has been a long time since the original investigation and so it is important we reassess any details of the original investigation we hold with any new information which may now arise.
'Over the coming weeks we will be speaking to these people to see if there are any new clues, which can help us piece together what may have happened to Margaret all those years ago.’
Searches of woodland off Tonbridge Road are set to continue during the week commencing 21 November, when officers from the Metropolitan Police will again be assisting the operation by bringing with them specialist detection dogs.