Body found in search for missing Eastbourne woman


Officers searching for a woman last seen in Eastbourne 12 years ago have uncovered human remains in a garden as part of their enquiries.

Natalia Doherty, 50, disappeared from her home in Eastbourne on April 15 2003 but police believe she was brought to stay with her ex-husband, Gerald Doherty, in the Regents Arms pub in Luton around that time.

Police found the remains in a garden in Luton following an investigation by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit this year.

The remains are thought to be female but have not yet been formally identified. Mrs Doherty’s family have been informed of the discovery and are being supported by police.

Three men have been arrested as a result of the investigation.

A 66-year-old man from Luton, previously arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and preventing a lawful burial, has today (Wednesday, December 9) been arrested on suspicion of murder.

A 39-year-old man from Luton has also been arrested on suspicion of murder. Both are in police custody.

A 71-year-old man from Port Glasgow, Scotland, remains on bail on suspicion of assisting an offender and preventing a lawful burial.

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