- Video report by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers
A reward has been put up to find a teenager who has been missing for more than a month from Milton Keynes.
Leah Croucher was last seen in Buzzacott Lane, Furzton in Milton Keynes, just after 8.15am on Friday 15 February. She was walking in the direction of Loxbeare Drive and Chaffron Way.
An anonymous donor has now offered a £5,000 reward to anyone who provides information that results in Leah being found.
Leah’s family last saw her in Quantock Crescent, Emerson Valley, Milton Keynes, at around 10pm on Thursday 14 February. Her family reported her missing the following day.
In a statement released by police Leah’s parents, Claire and John Croucher said: “We are the parents of Leah Croucher. Leah has been missing now for 33 long and agonising days.
“Despite the extensive efforts of the police searches which at times have involved over 100 officers and volunteers.
“Despite over 120 of our family and friends, who have handed out leaflets over three weekends as far afield as London and Birmingham, there have been no further confirmed sightings of Leah.
“Despite extensive police appeals, our previous press conference, shares and retweets on social media from family, friends, complete strangers and celebrities alike.
“Despite over 200 of you, the public, calling in, there have been no further confirmed sightings of Leah.
“Her posters are on buses, trains, taxis and at various locations around the country. There is even a poster in the main train station in Berlin. Australia knows my daughter is missing. But still no further confirmed sightings of Leah.
“She has just literally vanished.
“We believe that somebody in Milton Keynes knows where Leah is. We need that person to call 101 and tell the police where to find her.
“We have received so much support from the public already, including The MK Dons at their home games and Asda printing her poster in large to display in their store.
“From the people who spent the day in the cold and rain handing out leaflets to generate some of the 200 calls received so far, we are so grateful to every single one of you. So many of you have already gone above and beyond to offer help to us in one way or another.
“Now one kind angel has offered a £5,000 reward for information leading to finding Leah. We are beyond grateful for this extraordinary generosity.
“There will be large banners appearing at strategic locations across Milton Keynes this weekend which will be advertising the £5,000 reward. “More of the smaller posters will be appearing on more housing estates this weekend thanks to our army of helpers.
“We are not going to stop.
“Please, I am speaking to that person or persons out there who will start the trail to find our beautiful Leah, there is now a £5,000 reward. Pick up the phone and do the right thing. Call 101. Tell us how and where to find our daughter. Please. We need to know if she is alive or dead. Please call 101.
"Leah, if you are watching this please come home. We miss you so much. If someone or something has upset you we can sort it out together as a family. Please come back to us. Your dad and I are worried sick about you. Everyone is. We want you here, safe with us. We just want to give you a big cuddle. Come home please, we love you."
Police have released two new photographs of Leah. Chief Inspector Neil Kentish said: “Frankly, our officers who are investigating Leah’s disappearance have never dealt with a case like this before. It is extremely rare for someone to go missing without leaving a trace, but this is what has happened to Leah.
“It is clear the devastating impact that Leah’s disappearance is having on her family and friends. I still believe someone has information about her whereabouts but for some reason they have not provided that information to police. I urge you to do the right thing and come forward.
She was last seen wearing:
- Black coat
- Skinny black jeans
- Black Converse high top shoes
- Carrying a small black rucksack
Police say Leah is know to have taken a number of different routes to work through Furzton. On the 13 and 14 February police say Leah walked to work via Shenley Lodge and Faraday Drive. On 15 February Leah does not appear on CCTV cameras in Faraday Drive.
Police also know Leah takes the route around Furzton Lake more often to the Bilbrook Lane side on the west side of the lake, but also occasionally to the eastern side of the lake.
Were you in any of the following roads in Milton Keynes between about 8am and 12pm on 15 February?
If you were, did you see anyone matching Leah’s description, do you have any dash cam, mobile phone or CCTV footage from that day? If so, contact Thames Valley Police on 101.
Police say they are still investigating a number of potential sightings of Leah across the country, but at this time the last time Leah was seen was in Buzzacott Lane just after 8.15am on Friday 15 February.
Police are appealing for information. A dedicated website has been set up for the investigation.