Woman arrested in 'no-body' murder investigation over missing girl, 17

Police have made a second arrest in connection with the Bernadette Walker murder investigation.

Detectives investigating the missing Peterborough teenager say a woman in her 30s from the same city was arrested on Saturday evening on suspicion of murdering the 17-year-old. A man in his 50s from Peterborough, previously arrested on suspicion of Bernadette’s murder, remains in custody, Cambridgeshire Constabulary said in a statement.

The teenager was reported missing on 21 July by her parents after she had not been seen for three days.

Detectives from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit declared the case a ‘no-body’ murder investigation on Friday, September 11.

Detective Superintendent Jon Hutchinson explained: ‘Due to the length of time Bernadette has been missing and concerns she may have come to some harm, we made the decision to declare this a murder investigation.

‘Whilst we hope we do find Bernadette alive and well, there is every possibility this may not be the case therefore my team and I will do everything possible to find out what has happened to her and bring any offenders to justice.’

Anyone with information is being asked to get in touch with police online or ring 101 quoting Operation Penshaw.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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