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Police and Army forensic teams excavate the Surrey village looking for the remains of Tina Baker


Police and Army forensic teams excavate the Surrey village in search of the remains of Tina Baker, whose husband was jailed for murder in 2006, although the body was never found

  • Surrey police say the search on Priest Lane, Bisley, is looking for the remains of Tina Baker
  • She was missing from her Surrey home in 2002 and her body was never found
  • Husband Martin Gerald Baker was convicted of her 2006 Old Bailey murder
  • The final search for her body, including help from the army, follows new information

Police, forensic specialist teams and the army are digging in a Surrey village today for the remains of a missing woman who has not been seen in nearly two decades.

Tina Baker went missing from her Surrey home in July 2002. Her former husband of SAS soldier Martin Gerald Baker was imprisoned for life in 2006 for her murder.

Ms. Baker's body was never found, however, and there were fears that the 41-year-old was thrown to the pigs at the couple's farm in Chobham.

Surrey Police confirmed today that as part of their search for their remains they will be digging land near Priest Lane, Bisley, on the Woking and Surrey Heath boroughs this week.

Surrey Police, assisted by the British Army in the search, say the final search follows a lead.

Tina Baker went missing from her Surrey home in July 2002. Her former husband of SAS soldier Martin Gerald Baker was imprisoned for life in 2006 for her murder

Tina Baker (pictured right) went missing from her Surrey home in July 2002. Her former husband of SAS soldier Martin Gerald Baker (pictured left) was imprisoned for life in 2006 for her murder

Detective Inspector Chris Rambour of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said, “The investigation into Tina Baker's death has continued since 2006 and information has been received that led to our decision to conduct further investigations into this Bisley location.

The Surrey Heath Borough Council is aware of the activity and the Surrey Police are supported by the British Army.

“We wanted to make residents aware of the reasons for the increased police presence in the region and apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

"However, it is extremely important to us that we do all we can to provide answers and closure for Tina's family and friends, and our thoughts stay with them during this difficult time."

Ms. Baker was initially reported missing after she was last seen in Sunbury on July 8, 2002. However, the investigation became a homicide investigation in October 2002.

Detectives found no trace of Ms. Baker despite an extensive search – including checking to see if she had left after winning the lottery.

The pig and the pig's manure were checked after Mr Baker's first wife, Gillian Hopkins, told police that he threatened her prior to their divorce.

In 2005, after an extensive investigation by the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, Mr. Baker was arrested and charged with murder.

In 2006 he appeared at the Central Criminal Court in London, where he was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Baker, then a 54-year-old engineer, feared he would lose the 14-acre Brookfield Farm in nearby Chobham after Mrs. Baker left him, old Bailey heard.

In 2008, Baker lost an appeal against the murder conviction after three judges in the London Court of Appeals ruled that Old Bailey's original conviction was safe.

Following the conviction, the Surrey police continued investigations into what happened to Tina Baker's body.

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