Man arrested for murder after girl, 17, vanished seven weeks ago

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenage girl disappeared seven weeks ago.

Bernadette Walker, 17, was reported missing from Peterborough by her parents on 21 July after she was not seen for three days.

Detectives declared a ‘no-body’ murder investigation on Friday, amid ‘concerns she may have come to some harm’.

A man in his 50s is currently in custody on suspicion of her murder.

Sarah Walker, Bernadette’s mum, said in July her daughter had messaged to say she would be home soon, but ‘none of her friends have heard from her and she’s not accessed social media’.

She said: ‘I can’t eat or sleep properly. I miss and love my eldest princess so much, she’s missing out on her baby sister, who has learned to smile and coo already.

‘I have to think that she is hiding at one of her friend’s homes, worried about coming home now that the police will want to speak to her, I can’t think of any alternative scenarios, I just can’t.’

DCI Jerry Waite 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 yesterday morning.

‘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.’

Anyone with information on Bernadette’s whereabouts is urged to contact Cambridgeshire police.

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