A tip about the disappearance more than five decades ago of a young Bowmanville girl has led Durham police to undertake a roadside excavation in Clarington.
An excavator began digging in the area of Regional Road 57 and Concession 8 on Thursday morning, as investigators follow up on new information about the disappearance 55 years ago of Noreen Greenley.
“We received some information that a car was buried in this area in 1963,” Martin said from the site of the dig Thursday morning.
The tip came from the son of the man supposedly involved in the girl’s disappearance, Martin confirmed. But he said that, contrary to speculation, the information did not come as an end of life confession by the man.
“The rumour is this was a deathbed confession, but that’s not true,” Martin said.
While the tip may be a long shot, police have an obligation to follow up on it, Martin said.
“The community expects nothing less,” he said.
Forensic identification officers are on site in the event the dig yields any evidence, Martin said.