Leah Croucher: Furzton home cordoned off as Thames Valley Police investigate teen's disappearance

A home in Loxbeare Drive, Furzton, Milton Keynes, cordoned off on 12 October.
Credit: ITV News Anglia
Police have asked people not to speculate about the investigation. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police searching a house in Milton Keynes have found human remains and items belonging to missing Leah Croucher.

Forensics officers were seen arriving on Wednesday morning at the home in Loxbeare Drive in Furzton, and a tent has been set up in the front driveway.

Thames Valley Police said they were "investigating some items" that had been found at the property, after first being called on Monday evening.

At lunchtime on Wednesday police confirmed they had found items belonging to missing Leah Croucher.

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The property is in the area of the city where Leah, 19, who went missing on Valentine's Day in 2019, was last seen.

The following day a sighting was reported of Leah in Buzzacott Lane in Furzton, and police have since searched Furzton Lake.

A tent has been set up in the front driveway. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The force has offered no further details on the nature of the items or the investigation.

Neighbour Olga Kopilova said no one lived at the house full-time, but the owners would return annually.

"It was their summer house - they came here every year. We haven't seen see them since 2019, because of the Covid, I guess."

Olga Kopilova lives nearby and said she and her partner sometimes cut the grass at the house to keep it from looking deserted. Credit: ITV News Anglia

She said she had not been told details of the investigation, but had returned from work on Monday to find the road blocked with police cars.

"I was shocked, to be honest," she said. "I know that it's safe [here], sometimes we keep the doors open because we felt so safe."

A police presence could be seen outside the brick-built home, and scenes of crimes officers were seen going in and out of the property on Wednesday morning.

Officers asked the public and people on social media not to speculate about the police activity.

The home in Loxbeare Drive on Wednesday morning. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A spokesman said: "There is no wider risk to the local community and we are in the very early stages of this investigation.

"As such, we would urge the public and media to avoid any speculation, and we will update again as soon as we are able to."

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