Body found is missing boy

Police in the New Forest, searching for a missing 17-year-old, have found a body.

Teen's body found: Family statement

Ross Haughey
Ross Haughey's body was discovered yesterday Credit: Hampshire Police

The family of Ross Haughey, the 17-year-old whose body was discovered yesterday near Ringwood have released this statement.

“The tragic news of our much-loved son Ross has devastated our family, relatives and friends.

"This has been the hardest thing that we have ever had to cope with.

“Ross was quiet, intelligent and had achieved excellent GCSE exam results which he was very proud of. He was doing well in his sixth form A-level studies.

“Ross loved his running and was proud to represent the Hampshire area and also did well in the 10 kilometre runs.

“We were overwhelmed by all the offers of help to search for Ross in the New Forest.

"We cannot thank everyone enough and would like to send our special thanks to relatives, friends and neighbours, the police and voluntary search crews as well as the Burgate School and sixth form that took part in the search."

“We miss Ross desperately at this time and would ask that you continue to respect our privacy.”

Body found is missing teenager

Police have confirmed that a body found near Ringwood yesterday was missing teenager Ross Haughey.

Ross, 17, of Abbotswell Road, Frogham, was last seen at about 1.30pm Sunday, February 25, when he left his home, telling his parents he was going for a walk. He did not return.

Police mounted a series of searches, including the use of police dogs, Dorset Police air support, search volunteers, local residents and pupils from Burgate School, where Ross was a sixth form student.

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the death.

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Teen search: Police find body

Police searching for a missing teenager say they have found a body. Officers have been searching for Ross Haughey, 17, from Frogham, since he disappeared on Sunday.

A body has been found in an area of the New Forest National Park near Ringwood this afternoon. The body has yet to be identified but officers have notified the Haughey family.

Search continues for missing teenager

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Search teams are still looking for Ross Credit: Kerry Swain

Police in the New Forest are growing increasingly concerned for the safety of a 17-year-old boy who is missing from the village of Frogham. Ross Haughey was last seen at around 1.30pm on Sunday when he left his home in Abbotswell Road, telling his parents he was going for a walk.

New Forest search steps up for missing teenager

Local people have joined in the search for missing teenager Ross Haughey Credit: ITV News Meridian

Police in the New Forest are growing increasingly concerned for the safety of a 17-year-old boy from Frogham after he disappeared.

Ross Haughey was last seen at around 1.30pm on Sunday when he left his home in Abbotswell Road telling his parents he was going for a walk. He did not return.

Dorset Search and Rescue have joined the hunt Credit: ITV News Meridian

Police say Ross regularly likes to walk in the Forest but usually comes back after a few hours. He usually uses the paths and tracks towards Fritham near the streams, Hyde Farm Shop or around the Gorley area however he is fit and used to walking long distances so may have gone further afield.

It’s not known why he has not returned and officers say they are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare. He sometimes suffers from depression but was thought to be fine when he left for his walk.

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Fears for missing New Forest teenager

Police are increasingly concerned for the welfare of Ross Haughey Credit: Hampshire Police

Police in the New Forest are growing increasingly concerned for the safety of a 17-year-old boy from Frogham after he disappeared.

Ross Haughey was last seen at around 1.30pm on Sunday when he left his home in Abbotswell Road telling his parents he was going for a walk. He did not return.

Police say Ross regularly likes to walk in the Forest but usually comes back after a few hours. He usually uses the paths and tracks towards Fritham near the streams, Hyde Farm Shop or around the Gorley area however he is fit and used to walking long distances so may have gone further afield.

It’s not known why he has not returned and officers say they are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare. He sometimes suffers from depression but was thought to be fine when he left for his walk.

Sergeant Simon Flint said: “We’ve had officers out searching for Ross with the assistance of search volunteers (HANTSAR). Police dogs units and the Dorset Police air support unit have also been assisting local officers by searching the area."