Police trying to find a teenager who has been missing since VE Day have found her body.
Hampshire Police confirmed that the body found in woodland in Havant, Hampshire, on Thursday is that of 16-year-old Louise Smith.
Louise, from the Leigh Park space, was reported missing on 8 May.
Police mentioned formal identification procedures have been accomplished with Louise’s household being knowledgeable and supported by specialist officers.
The teenager’s loss of life is being handled as suspicious, police have beforehand mentioned.
Friends of Louise just lately spoke of their devastation.
Mandy Ferdinando knew Louise since she was a younger girl and laid flowers on the entrance to Havant Thicket, the place her body was found.
She mentioned “She was a stunning girl with a coronary heart of gold.
“The neighborhood is devastated, unhappy, shocked, I can not communicate for everyone however when anybody hears of a younger person, whoever it might be, it’s extremely unhappy.”
Louise was final seen at about noon on 8 May in Somborne Drive in the Leigh Park space.
Forensics officers searched a flat in the road and blacked out the property’s home windows.
Residents mentioned it is believed that Louise had been staying with a pair on the flat.
John Singleton mentioned: “I noticed her on the day she went missing, she simply went out strolling, I did not know the place she was going.
“It’s very unhappy, the result is the saddest, for some time we had some hope.”
Describing the police exercise on the flat, he added: “The police have been in and out carrying stuff.”
Detectives arrested a person and a girl, each aged 29, on 15 May on suspicion of kidnap and later launched each on bail.
Detective Chief Superintendent Scott MacKechnie beforehand mentioned: “Our officers will proceed to be conducting enquires in the Leigh Park space and the intensive forensic work will proceed for some days in the Havant Thicket.”