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Suffolk Police Key To Bodies' Riddle

PUBLISHED: 20:44 17 August 2002 | UPDATED: 12:28 03 March 2010

FEARING the worst, the world's media is tonight camped out at the end of a Suffolk track, waiting to hear if the two bodies found are those of missing schoolgirls Holly and Jessica.

FEARING the worst, the world's media is tonight camped out at the end of a Suffolk track, waiting to hear if the two bodies found are those of missing schoolgirls Holly and Jessica.

Police have revealed it will be "many hours" before the bodies will be identified.

Should the worst fears are recognised, Suffolk will be at the centre of one of the biggest murder investigations ever staged in the region.

All of the officers at the scene, now numbering more than 50, are from Suffolk.

It should have been an idyllic late afternoon around Lakenheath.

But as the sun started to set over the recently harvested fields it was the hum of a police helicopter overhead that disturbed the peace.

It circled above Wangford New Church, close to the track in a wooded copse where the bodies were discovered by three weekend walkers at 12.15pm.

Four hours later, bouquets of flowers had already started to appear at the junction of the cordoned off road.

Throughout the afternoon Cambridge police have only been able to confirm the existence of two bodies.

A spokeswoman was unable to answer questions from journalists from around the world clamouring for details of their age or sex.

Nor could she reveal how or why they had been dumped unceremoniously on a track at the southern tip of RAF Lakenheath, half a mile from the A1065.

The wooded area, off a single lane public highway that links the A1065 to the B1112, is seven miles east of Soham and a few miles from Littleport where arrested caretaker Ian Huntley's father, Kevin, lives.

The ground is made up of farmland, fields, wooded areas and fen land.

Residents from nearby Mildenhall, three miles to the north, and Lakenheath have appeared to pay their respects.

Larry and Angie Waltz, parents of a girl and a boy said: "We just can't believe this has happened.

"We have had fliers on the base for the missing girls but no one expected them to turn up here. Our hearts go out to the parents."

Now the waiting game begins as Suffolk police work into the night to identify the bodies and preserve vital evidence in what is now a murder hunt.

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