September 16, 2020 11.49 am This story is over 44 months old

Police search for murdered teen’s body in Lincolnshire fields

Her parents are charged with murder

Cambridgeshire Police are carrying out searches in Lincolnshire and Peterborough for the body of a missing teenage girl after her parents appeared in court charged with murder.

They’ve been searching this week for 17-year-old Bernadette Walker in fields in Cowbit in Lincolnshire and at a garage block in Walton, Peterborough.

Bernadette was reported missing from Peterborough on July 21 by her parents after she had not been seen for three days. She has still not been found.

A ‘no-body’ murder investigation was launched by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit on Friday, September 11.

Bernadette’s parents Scott and Sarah Walker, aged 50 and 37, both of Century Square in Millfield, Peterborough were charged with her murder in the early hours of the morning on Monday, September 14.

They appeared virtually at Peterborough Crown Court on Wednesday morning. They have been further remanded in custody for a plea and trial preparation hearing at the same court on November 30.

Cambridgeshire Police have released further photos as they continue their search for Bernadette Walker.

Detective Superintendent Jon Hutchinson said: “Whilst my team have made significant progress with this investigation in the last few days, we are yet to find Bernadette therefore my plea is for anyone who has information on what has happened to her, or where she might be, to get in touch as a matter of urgency.”

Anyone with information should contact Cambridgeshire Police either by using the online webchat function or by calling 101 and quoting Operation Penshaw.