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Investigation continues following the discovery of a body in Havant Thicket

Alert message sent 22/05/2020 19:06:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Detective Chief Superintendent Scott MacKechnie said: “Following our update yesterday (Thursday 21 May) we wanted to let you know where we were with our investigation, as we know how upsetting the news has been overnight.

“Until formal identification procedures have been completed, we will be unable to confirm the identity of the body found at Havant Thicket.  We have to be able to provide certainty to Louise’s family and also the community that Louise lived in. 

“Sometimes these processes can take longer than people expect, so we hope that you understand we are doing all that we can to get this done as quickly as possible.

“Our specialist officers continue to support Louise’s family at this very difficult time and this has been explained to them.

“We remain focused on working hard to establish the exact circumstances that led to our discovery yesterday.

“We have really valued the support we have had from the community so far, we know that this is a very difficult time, but we ask that you do not speculate on social media, as this can cause even further distress to family and friends who may be reading these posts, so please bear that in mind.

“As soon as we are in a position to update you all, we will.

“While these very importance processes take place, our officers will continue to be conducting enquires in the Leigh Park area, and the extensive forensic work will continue for some days in the Havant Thicket.

“If you have any concerns, please speak to one of our officers who will be in the area today.”
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Jack Backwell (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire Corporate Communications)

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