but as this awful story continues...
I agree - awful awful awful to disguise this as news.
What gets my gander up is a week or so ago the reports were suggesting the girl is still alive and within a radius of five miles. Great. So were she alive at the time, whoever has her has been informed that everybody's on to him [the correct pronoun as we don't know the culprit's gender] and it's time to make a rash decision: run with her further, or "get rid" of the evidence once and for all.
Add to that the mindnumbing banality of interviewing locals from near her home about their take on the situation: "aww it's terrible, I hope they catch whoever's done this" "you just don't think this sort of thing's going to 'appen do you" etc; then devote hours of rolling news airtime to a church service in her honour ... it just makes me want to vomit.
Nothing makes me want to flick channels more quickly than sensationalist "news". Except Jade Goody.