21 May 2020 20:39
POLICE have found a body while searching for a 16-year-old girl who disappeared in Hampshire 13 days ago. Louise Smith vanished from her home in Havant, Hamps, at midday on May 8 after telling pals she was briefly popping out. Louise Smith disappeared from her home in Havant, Hants, at midday on May 8 Credit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd She was captured on CCTV in a Tesco Metro in Havant hours before her disappearance Credit: Solent News 3 Police and volunteers searched the Havant area for the teen Credit: Solent News Formal identification is yet to take place but Louise's family have been informed. Cops have said they are treating the death as suspicious while they continue to investigate the circumstances. The grim find comes after scores of volunteers and professional searchers scoured the Havant area for the teen.
Volunteers from the Isle of Wight Search and Rescue team also joined the hunt in Hampshire, Berkshire, Sussex and Surrey. Louise was due to return home to spend the weekend with her boyfriend, who had come over to stay. During the search, detectives managed to trace her mobile phone to a skate park before it was switched off two hours later. Appealing for help, police said at the time: "If you were out celebrating or filming on VE Day in Leigh Park, we ask you to please take a look back over your footage to see if you captured Louise walking by."Perhaps you drove through the area on VE Day and saw someone matching Louise's description, or caught her on Dash Cam." Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101, quoting 44200163113, or you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111. A body has now been found during the search for the teen - the death is being treated as suspicious Credit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd 3 Police said the teen's disappearance was out of character Credit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd 3 Louise had only gone out briefly, it is understood Credit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd We pay for your stories!
New CCTV footage has come to light, showing missing teenager Louise Smith visiting a Tesco store on the evening before her disappearance on May 8 Her last reported sighting was around midday on May 8 - VE Day - on Somborne Drive, which is just yards from the Tesco store. Louise's disappearance in the Leigh Park area of Havant also led to two kidnap arrests, though both individuals were released on bail Police presence was at Staunton Country Park near Havant, Hants this over the weekend as they widened their search for the missing girl Earlier this week Hampshire Constabulary said mobile phone footage of VE Day celebrations filmed in Havant could be key to their investigation. Police are still desperately on the search for Louise, who was last seen wearing black jeans, a black and white striped T-shirt, black trainers and a black coat with a fur hood Fresh images have emerged of missing teenager Louise Smith just hours before she disappeared on VE Day. The CCTV images show the 16-year-old schoolgirl visiting Tesco on the evening before she vanished. It comes as police also revealed they are now searching a beauty spot's lake in Havant, Hampshire, to try to find the teenager. Louise's disappearance in the Leigh Park area of Havant also led to two kidnap arrests.
Officers released previously unseen CCTV images of Louise at Tesco around 7.30pm on Thursday, May 7. Her last reported sighting was around noon on Friday, May 8 - VE Day - on Somborne Drive, which is just yards from the Tesco store. Search and rescue volunteers have spent days trawling nearby Staunton Country Park as well as nearby Havant Thicket. A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said officers will be 'covering the whole area' and now the park's lake 'will be covered as part of searches'. The force has urged people from Leigh Park to save any CCTV footage they have from that time period. Chief Inspector Alex Reading said: "If you live in Leigh Park and have CCTV footage from Thursday May 7 and Friday May 8, please save it if this is possible, and do not delete it. "Officers are systematically working their way through the area making enquiries so would be keen to collect it from you when they reach you. "Alternatively, you can make contact us directly and we can arrange for an officer to attend to collect it and view it. We are keen to secure as much CCTV footage as possible as part of enquiries." He added: "I would once again like to take this opportunity to appeal directly to Louise to make contact with us. Louise, please call us and let us know you are OK. (Image: Hampshire Police/Solent News) Earlier this week detectives said mobile phone footage of VE Day celebrations filmed in Havant could be key to their investigation. The force urged anyone with footage of celebrations on their doorsteps or in their neighbourhood in Havant to come forward in case it gives them clues about Louise's disappearance. She was last seen wearing black jeans, a black and white striped T-shirt, black trainers and a black coat with a fur hood. However, police said they 'can't be certain' that she might have been wearing this the day she disappeared. A man and a woman, both aged 29, who were arrested on Friday on suspicion of kidnap, have since been released on bail. Officers searching for missing 16-year-old Louise have today (Thursday 21 May) located a body in the Havant area. Formal identification has not yet taken place, but Louise's family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers. We are treating the death as suspicious, and are continuing to investigate the circumstances. Detective Chief Superintendent Scott Mackechnie said: "Today officers located a body in an area of woodland in Havant Thicket. "We know that news of this discovery will be very upsetting for the community, so I want to reassure you that we will be working around the clock to establish what has happened. "We will endeavour to provide you with further updates as soon as we can, but in the meantime we're asking the community not to speculate on the circumstances, and instead provide all information to the police in the first instance, as this is crucial to helping our enquiries. Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting 44200163113, or you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.