New search for Moors Murders victim

Sunday 28 March 2010 22.16
British police - Investigation classified 'dormant'
British police - Investigation classified 'dormant'

A new search has begun for one of the victims of the Moors Murders in England.

Twelve-year-old Keith Bennett was one of five children murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in the 1960s.

The privately-funded search is taking place in the Pennine hills near Manchester.

Last year, police classified the investigation as ‘dormant' and said that only a major breakthrough would prompt a new search.

Since then, hundreds of people have donated money for a volunteer search and rescue team.

The dead boy’s mother, Winnie Johnson, 76, has been unable to hold a funeral for her son as his body has never been found.

Brady and Hindley's other child victims were Pauline Reade, 16, John Kilbride, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10 and Edward Evans, 17.

Brady was handed a life sentence in 1966 for the murders of John, Lesley Ann and Edward.

Hindley was convicted of killing Lesley Ann and Edward and shielding Brady after John's murder, and jailed for life.

In 1987 the pair finally admitted killing Keith and Pauline.

Hindley died in jail in November 2002, aged 60, while Brady has spent the last 25 years at high-security Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside.