Police have told a preliminary hearing at the coroner's court that its investigation into the disappearance of Tyrone teenager Arlene Arkinson is ongoing.
The 15-year-old from Castlederg went missing in 1994.
Her body has never been found, but she is believed to have been murdered. Robert Howard was acquitted at trial of her murder in 2005.
Her family said they were pleased to hear that the PSNI planned to carry out searches for Arlene's body next year.