Bernadette Walker: Police search Lincolnshire countryside for missing teenager

Police are searching an area of countryside in Lincolnshire for a missing teenage girl whose parents have been charged with her murder.

Bernadette Walker, from Peterborough, was reported missing by her parents on 21 July – after she had not been seen for three days, according to Cambridgeshire Police.

Police officers searched through fields and ditches near Cowbit, a village in Lincolnshire about 15 miles north of Peterborough, on Tuesday.

Following searches for the 17-year-old, a “no body” murder investigation was launched by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit on Friday.

Bernadette Walker, 17, was reported missing from Peterborough on 21 July. Pic: Cambridgeshire Police

Her parents – Sarah Walker, 37, and Scott Walker, 50 – were charged with her murder during a virtual hearing at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The pair have been remanded in custody and will appear at Peterborough Crown Court on Wednesday.

Detective Superintendent Jon Hutchinson said: “Whilst my team have made significant progress with this investigation in the last few days, we are yet to find Bernadette.

“Therefore my plea is for anyone who has information on what has happened to her, or where she might be, to get in touch as a matter of urgency.”

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