Police have today arrested three people in connection with the suspected murder of Natalie Jenkins.
Natalie Jenkins aged 32 from the Thornaby near Stockton-on-Tees disappeared in December 2019.
Detectives have today progressed the murder investigation and have arrested three people in connection with the death.
Two men aged 40 and 66 have been arrested on suspicion of murder. A woman aged 65 has bee. Arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
Cleveland Police said todays arrests were “a significant step forward”.
Specialist search teams and forensic officers have searched a number of properties in central Middlesbrough close to Albert Park.
Detectives last month released CCTV images of Ms Jenkins’ last known sighting in Middlesbrough.
Footage showed her wearing a white hat on Park Road South shortly before midnight on 10 December, having walked from Thornaby to Middlesbrough earlier that evening.
Officers said she had “increased vulnerability” due to taking drugs and being a sex worker.
Det Ch Insp Mark Dimelow said her family “have shown such strength in the face of their harrowing ordeal”.
Crimestoppers has offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.