Woman, 30, is second arrest for ‘murder’ of girl, 17, who vanished in July

A 30-year-old woman is the second person to be arrested over the suspected murder of a missing teenage girl.

Bernadette Walker, 17, had not been seen for seven weeks before a "no body" murder investigation was launched by Cambridgeshire Police.

Last night police arrested a 30-year-old woman on suspicion of murder.

Bernadette's parents said they had not seen her since she ran out of their car in July, and her mum said she last heard from Bernadette when she received a text at 1am on July 20 saying she'd be home soon.

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A man in his 50s, from Peterborough, is currently in custody on suspicion of Bernadette’s murder.

A statement from the force said: "Detectives investigating the murder of a teenage girl from Peterborough have made a second arrest.

"A woman in her 30s from Peterborough was arrested yesterday evening (Saturday 12 September) on suspicion of the murder of 17-year-old Bernadette Walker.

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

"Police have been carrying out enquiries and searches in an attempt to locate Bernadette, however an investigation has now been launched into her murder.

"Detectives from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit declared the case a ‘no-body’ murder investigation on Friday (11 September).

Detective Superintendent Jon Hutchinson said: “Due to the length of time Bernadette has been missing and concerns she may have come to some harm, we made the decision to declare this a murder investigation.

“Whilst we hope we do find Bernadette alive and well, there is every possibility this may not be the case therefore my team and I will do everything possible to find out what has happened to her and bring any offenders to justice.”

A man in his 50s from Peterborough who was arrested on suspicion of Bernadette’s murder remains in custody.

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