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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Allenheads: How police inquiries unfolded

2005: June 14 – the last confirmed sighting of Janet during the filming of a Granada Television drama Distant Shores in Craster, Northumberland.

2006: Janet known to be living in Lowgate in November and December.

2007: Janet’s mother, Olive, dies, but she does not attend the funeral.

2008: Around 12 months later, Janet’s father Eric, a retired accountant, dies. She does not attend his funeral.

2009: Police are contacted by a bank after “irregularities” relating to Eric and Olive’s bank account are spotted. Officers attempt to trace Janet.

2010: July, police release their first appeal for help to trace Janet, saying they have no immediate concerns for her safety, but need to trace her whereabouts.

2011: Police reveal they have made three arrests in relation to suspected fraud offences concerning Janet’s parents’ bank account.

Lowgate residents report seeing officers searching buildings and digging on land at the Brown family home, Plane Trees Farm, Lowgate.

2012: December, police arrest a 59-year-old Tynedale man on suspicion of murder after exhausting all lines of inquiry to establish that Janet is alive.

2013: Monday, detectives announce they are treating Janet’s disappearance as a murder inquiry and begin digging on land at Green Hills Farm, near Sparty Lea.

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