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SharePoint 2013 Search picks up deleted items.

Recently we encountered an issue with search service application that the crawler picks up deleted items and sites. Although the crawl log shows that these items are removed, they are not really deleted from the index.

I also found this article and tried to change the search crawl deletion policies but did not help.

Here is the PowerShell script that worked for me to delete orphan items form SharePoint Search Index.

You can find the $docId value using SharePoint 2013 Search Query Tool   or using the Ultimate Diagnostics display template.

Reference: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh127009(v=office.14).aspx

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