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Police searching for girl missing since VE Day find body in wood

Police searching for a teenage girl who went missing on VE Day have found a body in a wood in Hampshire.

Police have been looking for Louise Smith, 16, following her disappearance on 8 May and released CCTV of the teenager on Wednesday.

Formal identification has not taken place after the discovery in Havant Thicket, but Hampshire Constabulary said the death was being treated as suspicious and Louise’s family have been informed.

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.

“Thank you to everyone in the community who has offered their support so far and has assisted us with this investigation.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting 44200163113, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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