Louise Smith: Man arrested on suspicion of murdering teenager

May 27, 2020

A man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of 16-year-old Louise Smith, who disappeared on VE Day.

The teenager was last seen alive in Somborne Drive in the Leigh Park area of Havant, Hampshire, on 8 May and her body was found in nearby woodland at Havant Thicket last Thursday.

A cause of death has not been released but police are continuing searches of the area where she was found.

A man and a woman, both aged 29, were previously arrested on suspicion of kidnap on 14 May and released on bail.

The man has been rearrested on suspicion of murder and the woman has been detained on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Hampshire Police said the pair are both in custody.

The force had previously released a CCTV image in an appeal for the public's help to piece together the teenager's final movements.

The picture shows her entering Tesco Metro on Greywell Road, a short walk from where she was staying in Somborne Drive, shortly before 7.30pm on 7 May.

At the time of her disappearance, Louise was wearing black jeans, a black and white striped T-shirt, black trainers and a black coat with a fur hood.

Police previously appealed to anyone with CCTV or dash cam footage from the area to contact them.

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