The parents of missing teenager Leah Croucher said their “worst fears have come true” when they visited the home where police investigating her disappearance found human remains.
John and Claire Croucher, along with their daughter Jade, were driven in a police vehicle to the property on Loxbeare Drive in Furzton, Milton Keynes, just before 8pm on Thursday.
They left a note for their daughter, who disappeared on her way to work in February 2019, which read: “To our beloved Leah, our darkest fears have come true, we just need to be apart a little longer.
“We’ve missed you for so long. The future looks so bleak now that we know we’ll never see your smile or hear your laugh again.
“We will forever cherish your memories. We love you. mom and dad xxxx’
They also left a bouquet of flowers with a note from Ms Croucher’s “big sister and nephew Reggie” which read: “To my beautiful sister Leah.
“My heart is broken, my mind is racing from thoughts and my body is numb.
“How can a life as beautiful as yours end in such a tragic way. I loved you from your first breath and I will love you until my last.
“There was never a moment when you were not on my mind, and there never will be. My only consolation now is that you and Haydon are in heaven together. All my love forever.’
A handwritten message, captioned “Nan and Grandpa,” also read: “Darling, we will never stop looking for answers.
‘Will always love and miss you.’
Ms Croucher was last seen on CCTV in Buzzacott Lane, Furzton, just after 8.15am on 15 February 2019, walking towards Loxbeare Drive and Chaffron Way.
A tip from a member of the public on Monday led detectives to the property where “items of concern” were found.
Police began searching the home and launching a murder investigation when they found a backpack and other personal belongings belonging to Ms. Croucher.
A police spokesman said: “On Monday this property was brought to our attention for the first time by a member of the public in connection with this investigation.
“However, as an address in Fartton, the address was visited as part of our house-to-house investigation as part of the investigation, during which we visited more than 4,000 addresses.
“There was no reply at the property and as such leaflets would have been thrown through the letter box.”
The Times reports that a convicted pedophile who once lived at the property was ruled out as a suspect because he was still in prison at the time of the teenager’s disappearance.
Forensic scientists have searched the property where detectives conducting a murder investigation also found some of Ms Croucher’s belongings.
Blue tarps could be seen in the back yard of the home, where investigators had set up tall black partitions and a police tent in the front driveway, blocking the view from the street.
Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Hunter said: “We are dealing with a very difficult scene but we can now confirm that we have uncovered a number of items linked to Leah and as such we have now opened a murder investigation ‘which is headed by our major crime unit.’
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