POLICE have appealed to Star readers for help in tracking down the killer of Surrey schoolgirl Amanda 'Milly' Dowler whose remains were found at Minley, between Fleet and Yateley, last week.
They wish to hear from anyone who visited Yateley Heath Forest, where her bones were discovered, on Thursday, March 21, or on the following days. The remains were found 22 miles from where Milly disappeared. The wood is a short distance from the M3 and A30, which both pass close to where Milly was last seen, in Walton near the Bird's Eye factory.
The forest, which lies near Cat Farm, Hill Road, Minley, is popular with dog walkers, families, mountain bikers, horse riders and joggers.
And police believe someone visiting the remote area may hold a vital clue which could lead them to her murderer.
"Anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the forest during the relevant period should contact us,” said a police spokesman.
Officers also hope their appeal will lead to the recovery of 13-year-old Amanda's clothing and possessions, which are still missing.
These include a short grey skirt, blue jumper, dark blue school blazer, school tie, white shirt, Pod black shoes and beige Jansport rucksack.
Also missing are her Nokia 3210 mobile phone with grey metallic front and blue back with ‘Milly’ written on the reverse, and her white purse with a red ace-of hearts motif.
The discovery of the youngster's remains by a London couple who went mushroom picking on Wednesday last week has led police to believe that the killer may have local knowledge.
They feel that only someone who knows the area well would have been able to find the entrance to the forest, through a five bar gate on a dirt lay-by off the B3013.
The wood where the bones were found is remote, with a few scattered farms nearby and large tracts of land owned by the Forestry Commission. The find was 200 yards into the wood from the road.
Over 100 Surrey and Hampshire officers are working on the investigation and police spokesmen say it is too early to say exactly what happened to Milly. By Tuesday over 400 members of the public had phoned with possible leads.
House to house inquiries have been carried out in the Yateley area and were continuing as the Star went to press. Soldiers from nearby Gibraltar Barracks are also being questioned.
Footage from motorway cameras is being examined to see if any cars resemble the car picked out from CCTV footage in Walton on the day Milly vanished six months ago. The results of DNA tests on the remains are expected this week, confirming that they are of Milly.
Anyone with information should call Surrey Police on 01372 471212 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Amanda disappeared in broad daylight on March 21 while walking from Walton-on-Thames railway station to her home in the town.
The discovery of her remains in Yateley Forest stunned local residents and sparked a massive police operation in the area.
Officers set up a road block on Minley Road. They are also conducting a fingertip search within a half-mile radius of the scene in the hope of finding