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Aerials show intense activity in Kayleigh murder case

Forensic tents set up in the Sence Valley Forest park in Ibstock Credit: ITV News Central

These aerial photos show the intense police work taking place as part of the Kayleigh Haywood murder investigation.

Police officers carry an empty stretcher at one of the search sites. Credit: ITV News Central

Police confirmed in the early hours of this morning that a body was found, but have not revealed exactly where the discovery was made.

Tributes have been paid to the teenager from Measham in Leicestershire who disappeared from Ibstock on Friday.

Teams are also working at farmland near the village of Belton, approximately seven miles away from Ibstock. Credit: ITV News Central

Meanwhile two men aged 27 and 28 are being questioned by detectives on suspicion of murder.

Purple ribbons on display at Kayleigh's local church

Purple ribbons on display at Ibstock Baptist Church. Credit: ITV Central/Ewhen Kurlak

Purple ribbons have gone on display at Ibstock Baptist Church in Leicestershire in memory of murdered Kayleigh Haywood.

Police confirmed that a body found overnight is that of the missing 15-year-old.

Police confirmed they found the body of Kayleigh Haywood in searches overnight. Credit: Family handout

The church says it is open to everyone in the community at this difficult time.

Kayleigh was in Year 11 at Ashby School and purple was her favourite colour.

The church is planning to hold a memorial service at 10:30am this Sunday.


Police believe body found is Kayleigh Haywood

Police have confirmed the body found overnight is Kayleigh Haywood Credit: Family handout

Police say the body found overnight is that of 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood.

The teenager went missing after being dropped off outside Ibstock Community College in Leicestershire on Friday evening. Men aged 27 and 28 are being held on suspicion of murder.

Fundraising page set up for Kayleigh Haywood’s family

A screenshot of the Just Giving page set up to help the family of Kayleigh Haywood. Credit:

An online fundraising page has been set up for the family of missing Kayleigh Haywood.

The 15-year-old disappeared on Friday when she was dropped off near Ibstock Community College.

A target of £1000 has been set up by Odessa Bircher from Ibstock.

On the page she said:

I am a mother of 5 i cannot imagine the pain Kayleigh's family are feeling i live in Ibstock and am truly shaken by everything that has happened.

– Odessa Bircher

Leicestershire Police are now treating her disappearance as murder and last night a body was found in the search for the missing teenager, but formal identification is yet to take place.

Latest from the scene of Kayleigh murder investigation

Police have found a body in the search for missing Kayleigh Haywood.

The 15-year-old from Measham in Leicestershire hasn’t been seen since Friday when she was dropped off outside Ibstock Community College.

Katy Rickitt reports from Leicestershire this morning with the very latest.


Timeline of events since Kayleigh’s disappearance

It’s five days now since Kayleigh disappeared after being dropped off at college in Ibstock.

Chris Halpin has been looking back at the key timeline of events, including the 15-year-old’s last known movements, and major developments in the investigation.

Kayleigh Haywood's family: 'our hearts are breaking'

Kayleigh was last seen on Friday 13th of November after being dropped off at Ibstock Community College. Credit: ITV News Central

The parents of missing Kayleigh Haywood have said their hearts are breaking, as the search for their ‘baby girl’ continues.

It has been five days since they last saw their daughter – who was dropped off outside Ibstock Community College, in Central Avenue, at 6pm on Friday 13 November.

Earlier today detectives announced they were treating the disappearance of the 15-year-old Leicestershire schoolgirl as murder.

Speaking this afternoon, her mum Stephanie Haywood and dad Martin Whitby said:

“We have not seen Kayleigh since Friday. It is breaking our hearts and we are shedding tear after tear.

“We love Kayleigh so much and without her our family is incomplete. A big part of our lives has gone.

“Her brothers and sisters are constantly asking for her and if anyone knows anything we beg you to come forward.

“We just need to know what has happened to our baby girl.”

Kayleigh Haywood's brother 'terrified' for his sister

Speaking exclusively to ITV News, the brother of Kayleigh Haywood says his family still hold out some hope that they find his sister alive.

Kyle Haywood says he is terrified for what she may have gone through after going missing last Friday evening.

However, Leicestershire police say they are now treating her disappearance as a murder investigation.

Officers have been searching farmland close to Belton today.

Kayleigh has not been seen since she was dropped off at Ibstock Community College on Friday.

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