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  • 27 May 2014, 22:31

Murder Victim's Boots Discovered In Pond

Police have extended a search of a wooded area in Wiltshire after they found boots belonging to the murdered 22-year-old Sian O'Callaghan.

Police have also uncovered up to 60 items including women's clothing, a single-barelled shotgun and a "chunky knit cardigan".

The discoveries were made in or around a small pond situated in the middle of an isolated piece of woodland in Ramsbury, near Marlborough.

As part of the search, the pond was drained of water to allow a "fingertip search" of its silt bottom.

Detectives say only the pair of boots are connected to Ms O'Callaghan, meaning the other items are now undergoing extensive forensic testing.

The 22-year-old was abducted and murdered in March 2011 after leaving a nightclub in Swindon.

Taxi driver Christopher Halliwell pleaded guilty to her murder and is serving a life sentence in prison.

One case police say they are treating as a "priority" in connection to the findings is the unsolved murder of Becky Godden Edwards.

There is a connection to Halliwell as he led police to discover her body, but never faced trial, due to a botched police investigation.

Wiltshire Police have told Sky News that detectives are keeping an open mind but have not yet had any specific leads that could connect any items to another ongoing inquiry.

They also need more time to continue their search of the area - due to the scale and complexity of the investigations.