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Cold-case murder detectives are searching a new patch of woodland in the hunt for the body of Steven Clark who vanished in 1992.

Police cut back undergrowth on Saltburn Bank in North Yorkshire as they continued to look for the missing 23-year-old.

Mr Clarke, from Marske, went missing and his disappearance is being treated as a murder investigation.

Cleveland Police said officers will be in the area over the next few days looking through shrubbery in the large valley.

Police cut back undergrowth on Saltburn Bank in North Yorkshire as they continued to look for the missing 23-year-old (pictured)

Police cut back undergrowth on Saltburn Bank in North Yorkshire as they continued to look for the missing 23-year-old (pictured)

Police cut back undergrowth on Saltburn Bank in North Yorkshire as they continued to look for the missing 23-year-old (pictured)

Cleveland Police said officers will be in the area over the next few days looking from the bottom of the Valley Gardens to the top of a walkway near the Spa Hotel

Cleveland Police said officers will be in the area over the next few days looking from the bottom of the Valley Gardens to the top of a walkway near the Spa Hotel

Cleveland Police said officers will be in the area over the next few days looking from the bottom of the Valley Gardens to the top of a walkway near the Spa Hotel

Mr Clark's elderly parents Doris and Charles Clark were arrested in February on suspicion of his murder. The couple were later released

Mr Clark's elderly parents Doris and Charles Clark were arrested in February on suspicion of his murder. The couple were later released

Mr Clark’s elderly parents Doris and Charles Clark were arrested in February on suspicion of his murder. The couple were later released

Timeline of the probe into Steven Clark’s disappearance 

December 28, 1992: Steven Clark is seen going into the gents’ public toilets at 3pm in Saltburn, Cleveland, while his mother goes into the ladies. 

When Steven doesn’t come out, his mother think he has made his own way home. 

A new witness has placed Steven in Marske later that afternoon, before it got dark at 3.45pm.  

September 1999: An anonymous letter was posted to Guisborough Police Station relating to Steven’s disappearance. 

September 15, 2020: Following a cold case review, it is revealed that Steven’s elderly parents have been arrested on suspicion of his murder. 

September 16, 2020: After being quizzed for six hours at the pollice station, Steven’s parents insist they did not kill their son. 

September 17, 2020: Police investigating murder urge the writer of the anonymous letter in 1999 to make contact. 

September 19, 2020: A tent is set up in at Doris and Charles Clark’s home as specialist officers begin investigations in the back garden of the couple’s home.

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Officers have been pictured trimming the undergrowth and pulling out items buried beneath.

A teapot, bottles and a pair of gloves are among items set aside at the scene. Sticks and twigs removed from the area were being bagged up.

Senior investigating officer Shaun Page said the searches are a line of enquiry by the North Yorkshire and Cleveland Cold Case Review Team – using modern forensic techniques.

He said: ‘The investigation into Steven’s disappearance still continues, with the latest searches of the area around Saltburn Bank.

‘We will be in the area throughout this week and would like to thank the public for their patience as the searches take place.

‘We continue to appeal for information to help us find Steven, who we believe has come to harm at the hands of a third party.

‘The searches in Saltburn follow others that have been carried out as part of our ongoing investigation, and on information available to the Cold Case Review Team.’

The searches come after police released Steven’s parents Doris and Charles Clark without charge in February after arresting them on suspicion of his murder.

Steven vanished aged 23 on December 28, 1992, after going into public toilets in Saltburn while out walking with his parents.

His disappearance remained a mystery for decades until Cleveland Police reopened the case and launched a murder investigation last year.

Doris, 81, and Charles, 78, both former police officers, were arrested by detectives last September, and their Marske home was searched by the force.

Police released footage of Steven Clark, 23, from Marske-by-the-Sea, Cleveland, who went missing on a family walk on December 28, 1992

Police released footage of Steven Clark, 23, from Marske-by-the-Sea, Cleveland, who went missing on a family walk on December 28, 1992

Police released footage of Steven Clark, 23, from Marske-by-the-Sea, Cleveland, who went missing on a family walk on December 28, 1992

Police were sent a letter reportedly naming Stephen Clark's killer 21 years ago and their records show the letter was assessed by officers and the information was recorded

Police were sent a letter reportedly naming Stephen Clark's killer 21 years ago and their records show the letter was assessed by officers and the information was recorded

Police were sent a letter reportedly naming Stephen Clark’s killer 21 years ago and their records show the letter was assessed by officers and the information was recorded

Detectives said they do not know if the writer of the letter was a man or a woman but hoped it could unlock the key to Mr Clark's disappearance

Detectives said they do not know if the writer of the letter was a man or a woman but hoped it could unlock the key to Mr Clark's disappearance

Detectives said they do not know if the writer of the letter was a man or a woman but hoped it could unlock the key to Mr Clark’s disappearance

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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