Leah Croucher’s parents say their ‘worst fears have come true’

Leah Croucher's parents heartbreakingly say'worst fears have come true'

John and Claire Croucher visited the property where their daughters’ belongings were found (Image: PA)

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.

w8media. Pictured - Police are installing toilets at the crime scene in Milton Keynes, indicating they will be here for quite a while. Police have launched a murder investigation after finding human remains during their search for missing teenage girl Leah Croucher, who disappeared in Milton Keynes over three and a half years ago. The family laid flowers at the scene. Leah was in the car Ref: R6 HWM The parents and sister were in the car Registration number: YA20UJH 13???10-2022.

Ms Croucher’s parents said they would “cherish her memories forever” (Image: w8media)

Leah Croucher's sister Jade Croucher, father John Croucher and mother Claire Croucher look at flowers outside a property in Loxbeare Drive, Furzton, Milton Keynes where police have identified human remains during forensic investigations into the search for missing teenager Leah Croucher who was found walking Work disappeared in February 2019. Officers from Thames Valley Police began searching the house on Monday after a tip from a citizen and launched a murder investigation when they found a rucksack and other personal items belonging to Ms Croucher. Picture date: Thursday October 13, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Croucher. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Her parents and sister look at flowers outside a property in Loxbeare Drive, Furzton, Milton Keynes where police have identified human remains (Image: PA)

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout file photo issued by Thames Valley Police of Leah Croucher who disappeared in Milton Keynes on Friday February 15, 2019. Issue date: Tuesday February 15, 2022. PA Photo. Missing young woman's family has ???exciting??? and ???hurting??? Claims of her disappearance took to social media on the third anniversary of the day she went missing. See PA story POLICE Croucher. Photo credit should read: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may be used for editorial reporting purposes only to simultaneously illustrate events, things or people in the photo or facts mentioned in the photo caption. Reuse of the image may require further permission from the copyright owner.

Ms Croucher was last seen on CCTV at Buzzacott Lane, Fartton, just after 8.15am on 15 February 2019 (Image: PA)

An aerial view of the scene in Loxbeare Drive, Furzton, Milton Keynes where police have identified human remains during forensic investigations into the search for missing teenager Leah Croucher who disappeared on her way to work in February 2019. Thames Valley Police officers began searching the house for a tip from a member of the public on Monday and launched a murder investigation when they found a rucksack and other personal belongings belonging to Ms Croucher. Picture date: Thursday October 13, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Croucher. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

An aerial view of the scene on Loxbeare Drive (Image: PA)

A teddy bear and a message left at the crime scene in Loxbeare Drive, Furzton, Milton Keynes, where police have identified human remains during forensic investigations into the search for missing teenage girl Leah Croucher, who disappeared on her way to work in February 2019. Thames Valley officers Police began searching the home on Monday after a tip from a citizen and launched a murder investigation when they found a backpack and other personal belongings belonging to Ms Croucher. Picture date: Thursday October 13, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Croucher. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A teddy bear and a note left at the scene (Image: PA)

“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.

Police officers and forensic scientists inside a black tent erected at the crime scene in Loxbeare Drive, Furzton, Milton Keynes, where police have identified human remains during forensic investigations into the search for missing teenage girl Leah Croucher, who died on the way in February 2019 Officers from Thames Valley Police began searching the home on Monday after a tip from a citizen and launched a murder investigation when they found a rucksack and other personal belongings belonging to Ms Croucher. Picture date: Thursday October 13, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Croucher. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Police officers and forensic scientists in front of a black tent erected at the scene (Image: PA)

Women lay flowers at the crime scene in Loxbeare Drive, Furzton, Milton Keynes, where police have identified human remains during forensic investigations into the search for missing teenager Leah Croucher, who disappeared on her way to work in February 2019. Thames Valley Police officers began searching the house for a tip from a member of the public on Monday and launched a murder investigation when they found a rucksack and other personal belongings belonging to Ms Croucher. Picture date: Thursday October 13, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Croucher. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Women lay flowers outside (Image: PA)

A member of the public looks at flowers left at the scene in Loxbeare Drive, Furzton, Milton Keynes, where police have identified human remains during forensic investigations into the search for missing teenager Leah Croucher, who died in February 2019 on his way to the Work disappeared Thames Valley Police began searching the home on Monday after a tip from a citizen and launched a murder investigation when they found a rucksack and other personal belongings belonging to Ms Croucher. Picture date: Thursday October 13, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Croucher. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Passers-by look at flowers left at the scene (Image: PA)

A message left on a bouquet of flowers at the crime scene in Loxbeare Drive, Furzton, Milton Keynes, where police have identified human remains during forensic investigations into the search for missing teenager Leah Croucher, who died on his way to work in February 2019 disappeared. Thames officers Valley Police began searching the home Monday after a tip from a citizen and launched a murder investigation when they found a backpack and other personal belongings belonging to Ms Croucher. Picture date: Thursday October 13, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Croucher. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Leave a message on a bouquet (Image: PA)

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.

Police at the scene in Loxbeare Drive, Furzton, Milton Keynes, where police have identified human remains during forensic investigations into the search for missing teenage girl Leah Croucher, who disappeared on her way to work in February 2019. Officers from Thames Valley Police began searching the home on Monday after a tip from a member of the public and launched a murder investigation when they found a rucksack and other personal items belonging to Ms Croucher. Picture date: Thursday October 13, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Croucher. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Police guarding the scene (Image: PA)

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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