Spanish police looking for British mum start searching near her home

Lisa Brown disappeared in November 2015

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Police hunting for body of missing British mum launch major new search near expat home

Police hunting for the body of missing British mum Lisa Brown have launched a major new search on ground near her expat home in Spain.

Around 20 Civil Guard officers took part in the operation after calling in council diggers to act on new information they had received as part of their ongoing inquiry.

Detectives confirmed last night they had not found the mum-of-one's remains, but had located objects they have passed on to forensic experts to analyse so they can determine if they are Lisa's.

The exact nature of the objects taken away has not been revealed.

They were discovered during a search yesterday morning of an area called Cerro Gordo - Fat Hill in English - close to the missing expat's home in Guadiaro, in Andalusia.

The search operation is believed to have been the first in more than a year.

Civil Guard officers combed woodland and a river near the 32-year-old's home after she disappeared on November 4, 2015.

Boyfriend Simon Corner is being held on suspicion of murder

Investigators revealed last September they were planning new sea and land searches after receiving confirmation a "violent episode" had taken place at the home Lisa shared with suspect Brit boyfriend Simon Corner - but it is understood they never went ahead at the time.

Liverpool-born Corner, 35, has been held in jail on suspicion of killing Lisa since being detained in Denmark on a European Arrest Warrant last April and extradited to Spain.

Another Brit has been identified as a "main suspect" alongside Corner and four other people arrested who are currently on bail.

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Police conducting a ground search in Cerro Gordo SOLARPIX.COM

A spokesman for the Civil Guard in Algeciras, which is leading the ongoing probe under the coordination of an investigating judge, confirmed yesterday: "The Civil Guard has renewed the search for Lisa Brown.

"During the new search carried out this morning, objects and remnants have been found that have been sent to our Criminalistic Service for further analysis.

"Today's search has taken place in an area called Cerro Gordo near to where Lisa lived.

"More than 20 Civil Guard officers along with town hall workers with excavating machines participated in the operation."

Mum-of-one Lisa disappeared on November 4, 2015

A source added: "The operation will now be suspended while the objects are looked at to see if they have any bearing on this case."

It emerged last September Madrid-based forensic specialists who had analysed DNA found in blood stains at Lisa's home had concluded that a violent incident involving her and Corner took place at her property.

DNA tests on Lisa's Ford Focus car, which Corner used, also come back with what detectives believe to be positive results for their probe against the former convict.

Sources close to the case have hinted they believe Lisa's body could have been disposed of at sea but never ruled out the idea she may have been buried on land.

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Simon Corner arrives at court in San Roque SOLARPIX.COM

Corner, who was born Dean Woods but changed his name after a string of run-ins with British police, is being investigated on suspicion of Lisa's homicide.

He was remanded in prison last May after appearing in a closed court hearing before the judge continuing to probe him.

He has not been formally charged with any crime, as is normal in Spain where charges are usually laid shortly before trial.

Corner was detained in Denmark on a European Arrest Warrant last April and extradited to Spain

Five other men have been arrested in connection with the ongoing inquiry, including a pal of Simon Corner's who was jailed for four years and nine months last July after admitting trying to smuggle 17 illegal Albanian immigrants into an English south coast marina on board a boat two months earlier.

Stephen Jackson, 51, of West Withering, West Sussex, is facing eventual extradition to Spain for questioning over Lisa's disappearance.

Boat owner Corner, jailed for three months in Gibraltar in May 2014 for possession of an offensive weapon after a nightclub altercation, was lambasted by worried Lisa's family and friends for leaving Spain days after she vanished.

He sparked suspicion by flying to the Far East following a short police quiz after he was taken away by investigators from Sotogrande Port near Gibraltar as he worked on his 30-foot sailing boat.

He returned to the Costa del Sol in January last year promising to meet investigators - but left mainland Spain again days later to travel to the Canaries and then Ireland before a European Arrest Warrant was put out for him.

He has claimed he has no idea where his girlfriend is and says he is innocent of any wrongdoing.

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Ex-partner Tony Tomillero is caring for their 10-year-old son Facebook

Lisa's ten-year-old son Marco has been looked after by his dad Tony Tomillero at his home in La Linea opposite Gibraltar with the help of Lisa's relatives since she disappeared.

Speaking after Corner's arrest, Lisa's sister Helen who has led a well-supported Facebook campaign called Find Lisa, said: "We're very happy but we still want desperately to find out what happened to Lisa. That's been the main purpose of our campaign from the start."