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Man held in murder probe after body of missing teenager found

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Louise Smith, 16, was discovered in woodland at Havant Thicket on May 21.

Louise Smith

A 29-year-old 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, at midday on May 8 and her body was found in nearby woodland at Havant Thicket on May 21.

Police have not released a cause of death but are continuing searches of the area where she was found.

Police at Havant Thicket
Police at Havant Thicket (Jonathan Brady/PA)

A man who had previously been arrested on suspicion of kidnap has been re-arrested on suspicion of murder.

A woman of the same age who had also previously been arrested for kidnap has been re-arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

A Hampshire police spokesman said both suspects were in custody.

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