Police investigating the disappearance of Leah Croucher have begun searching a lake and the surrounding area at a nature reserve in Bletchley.
Ms Croucher was last seen in Buzzacott Lane in Furzton, Milton Keynes on Friday 15 February this year. She was seen just after 8.15 am walking in the direction of Loxbeare Drive and Chaffron Way.
Thames Valley Police are searching the lake at the Blue Lagoon nature reserve. They say the search follows information received from a member of the public who described seeing a grey hooded top in the area. Police believe it may be linked to Leah.
“We are continuing to appeal for information regarding Leah’s movements and whereabouts on 14 and 15 February. I would like to remind people of the distinctive grey ‘Stewartby’ taekwondo hoody with a colourful logo that Leah was wearing at the time she went missing."
The search is being carried out by specialist police search officers supported by an underwater search team from Specialist Group International.
It is expected to take a number of days and members of the public can expect to see a police presence in the area during this time.
Leah’s family has been informed of the search activity and continue to be supported by family liaison officers. Police have asked that people continue to respect the privacy of Leah’s family.
Also, they are appealing that anyone who believes they have relevant information contacts Thames Valley Police by calling 101 and quoting reference 43190049929 or Operation Dawkins.
“The Blue Lagoon is a popular public area. If anybody has any information they believe may be relevant to Leah’s disappearance they will be able to speak to police officers in the area over the coming days."