New evidence leads police to intensify search for missing British mother

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SPANISH police are planning new land and sea searches for the body of 32-year-old Lisa Brown from Alexandria, Dumbartonshire, who went missing from her home in Guadiaro on the Costa del Sol last year.

Investigators are to use ground-penetrating radar and specialised aquatic equipment after confirming that a violent altercation occurred between the missing mother-of-one and her 34-year-old boyfriend Simon Corner.

Liverpudlian Corner was apprehended in Denmark under an EU Arrest Warrant in April and extradited to Spain, where he remains imprisoned on suspicion of his partner’s murder.

Although Guardia Civil detectives have previously combed wood land and a river near her home, they are now set to intensify their operation after a Madrid-based forensic team analysed samples of DNA extracted from bloodstains found at Lisa’s home.

They are also planning to analyse data from three mobile phones which the suspect threw into a Copenhagen harbour prior to his arrest.

Inquiries are being coordinated by a San Roque judge, who affirmed that the data on the phones has been recovered having previously been feared lost.

Corner was born under the name Dean Woods but changed it following a series of encounters with British police, and he was also detained in Gibraltar for possession of an offensive weapon in 2014.

He has not yet been formally charged over the current investigation.

Six others have been arrested during the ongoing inquiry, including 51-year-old Stephen Jackson, who is currently behind bars in the UK having been jailed in July for trying to smuggle 17 Albanian immigrants into the country.

He faces extradition to Spain for questioning, although should this not be possible before the end of his four years and nine months sentence detectives may fly to England.

 

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