Officers say they will never give up the search for Rania Alayed’s body after she was killed by her husband
Police have revealed details of their four-year hunt for the body of a murdered Teesside mother-of-three.
A television documentary this week showed how officers scoured the area the size of two football pitches where they believe Rania Alayed was buried.
They were taken to the spot by her killer – her estranged husband Ahmed Al-Khatib – who explained how he had buried her below the trees in a layby off the A19 .
Convinced they had the right spot, detectives brought in specialist LIDAR technology which searches from the skies for anomalies on the ground.
But despite it picking out 82 potential graves, their searches failed to find the body of the mother – hard to deal with for both officers and the family of Mrs Alayed.
Speaking on the BBC 2 programme The Detectives, Detective Sergeant Ian Shaw said: “Imagine if you build a 5,000 piece jigsaw and there was one piece missing at the end. It’s taken you ages to get there, it’s very intricate but you can’t complete it because it was missing one piece. That’s how a detective feels when you don’t get that last piece of the jigsaw. There are no words to describe how you feel.
“It’s people’s lives we’re talking about.”