Police say human remains have been found in the search for missing teenager Leah Croucher, who vanished more than three years ago. Leah was 19 when she was reported missing on 15 February 2019 in Milton Keynes.
Thames Valley Police said a rucksack and other “personal possessions” belonging to Ms Croucher had also been found at an address after a tip-off from a member of the public on Monday.
Specialist teams are still searching the property in the Furzton area of Milton Keynes and will remain there “for a significant period of time”, the force said. Our thoughts and prayers are with Leah’s family and friends at this difficult time.
The update from TVP as is as follows:
Thames Valley Police is providing an update in connection with the Leah Croucher investigation in Milton Keynes Following information received from a member of the public on Monday (10/10) relating to a property in Loxbeare Drive, Furzton, Milton Keynes, specialist officers and forensic teams attended the location.
As a result of an ongoing detailed forensic search of the property, a number of items have been located.
During the search we have found items, including a rucksack and personal possessions belonging to Leah Croucher, who was reported missing on 15 February 2019.
As a result of our findings, Thames Valley Police have now launched a murder investigation.
This is a complex and challenging scene, which we have been at since just after 6.30pm on Monday. We will continue to be at the scene for a significant period of time.
A large-scale missing person investigation has been ongoing for the last three and a half years, with extensive searches and house-to-house enquiries.
Head of Crime for Thames Valley Police, Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Hunter said: “Following a call to police on Monday, we attended an address and located items of concern within the property.
“We are dealing with a very difficult scene but we can now confirm that we have discovered a number of items that are linked to Leah, and as such, we have now launched a murder investigation, led by our Major Crime Unit.