Journalists Hacked Missing Teen Girl’s Phone, Lawyer Charges

By: Richard Allen Greene |

London (CNN) — Journalists hacked into the phone messages of a missing girl, deleting some to make space for more and thus giving her parents hope she was still alive when she was dead, the parents’ lawyer told CNN on Tuesday.

“The family are completely horrified. They thought this was all over” after the disappearance of Milly Dowler in 2002 and the conviction of a man for her murder this year, lawyer Mark Lewis said.

But in April, police told the Dowlers that journalists had hacked into their phones and those of their daughter, he said.

The accusation is the latest twist in a long-running scandal involving media baron Rupert Murdoch’s flagship Sunday British tabloid newspaper, the News of the World.

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