Police have today dug up a field in connection with the disappearance of a Black Country teenager who went missing almost a decade ago.
The investigation into Natalie Putt’s disappearance has been reopened and diggers moved on to land where the teenager used to keep horses.
Officers spent two days digging up a paddock next to Himley Lodge, off the A449 Stourbridge Road in Himley.
Mechanical diggers and a police van were at the scene this morning, but the search was this afternoon called off, after nothing significant was found.
The mother of one, who was 17 when she went missing, was last seen walking to her local shop when she vanished in September 2003 – 11 weeks after giving birth to her son Rhys.
Despite a nationwide search and renewed BBC appeals on Crimewatch, she was never found.
It is believed Natalie, of Thornleigh, Gornal, who attended Dormston School in Sedgley, rented the field in Himley to keep two horses.
Residents today said teams of police officers had been at the site for the last two days carrying out the search.
The land is now owned by another person, who has had no involvement in the operation.