COPS are digging beneath a cafe today in the hope of finding the remains of a schoolgirl feared murdered by serial killer Fred West.
Mary Bastholm, 15, was last seen on 6 January 1968 in Gloucester while waiting for a bus on her way to see her boyfriend.
Although she was never seen again and her body has never been found, cops believe she is likely to have been offered a lift by serial killer Fred West and then murdered.
Tragically both her parents passed away before discovering what happened to their daughter.
But The Sun today exclusively revealed that in an “extraordinary development” 26 years after West killed himself, police are excavating the basement of Gloucester’s Clean Plate cafe where Mary worked as a waitress.
Cops are warning the search, which has been launched following a “recent discovery” could take a “number of weeks”.
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