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Private Search For Keith Bennett Begins

Keith Bennett

A new search for the body of Moors Murders victim Keith Bennett has begun on Saddleworth Moor. The BBC has reported that the search is being funded by donations from “hundreds” of people.

Keith was just 12 when he was murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in 1964. Despite repeated attempts to find his body, his remains have never been found. The most recent police search was formally called off last summer.

The new operation is being carried out by volunteers from a Welsh search and rescue team. The donations have been used to buy specialist equipment to help them.

It’s long been believed that Keith’s remains lie somewhere near the streams known as Hoe Grain and Shiny Brook, close to the A635 road. It’s thought the new investigation will again focus on that area.

Following the police’s decision to call off their search, a memorial service for Keith took place at Manchester Cathedral earlier this month. His mother Winnie Johnson, who is now 76, told the congregation that she would “fight forever” to try to find her son.

You can read the BBC story in full here.

The official Searching For Keith website is here.

To read other articles on this subject from Saddleworth News, click here.

An archive of original reports of the Moors Murders investigation and trial is available at The Times website here.

One Comment

  • M. Allen says:

    I think I saw this event taking place as I drove, very early in the morning, over Saddleworth Moor en route from Bowdon, Cheshire, to Durham. 2 people were on the moor and appeared to be digging something.

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