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Kayleigh Haywood search police find body

2015-11-19 12:13:58

Kayleigh HaywoodKayleigh is a student at Ashby School and previously attended Ibstock Community College

Police searching for missing teenager Kayleigh Haywood say they have found a body in a field in Leicestershire.

The 15-year-old, from Measham, has not been seen since about 18:00 GMT on Friday when she was dropped off outside Ibstock Community College.

Officers made the discovery in Ibstock at about 22:00 GMT on Wednesday. Formal identification has yet to take place.

Police have been granted another 24 hours to question two men, aged 27 and 28, arrested on suspicion of murder.

Ch Supt David Sandall said: "Kayleigh's family are aware of the discovery and inquiries are continuing."

Speaking before the body was found, he said officers "feared the worst" and were "increasingly concerned for Kayleigh's safety".

Kayleigh HaywoodIt is not yet clear where exactly the body was found

It's the news everyone was dreading. Just before midnight police confirmed a body had been found in a field here in Ibstock shortly after 10pm last night.

It's not clear where exactly the discovery was made. The village is surrounded by acres of farmland, and it's an area officers have been searching heavily along with Sence Valley Forest Park, nearby.

We must stress at this stage formal identification has not yet taken place, but Kayleigh's family have been informed of the discovery.

Police have said that the previous discovery of the schoolgirl's mobile phone and belongings, alongside other information, made them believe she had been killed.

Two men who were arrested on Monday on suspicion of kidnap were later re-arrested on suspicion of murder. They remain in police custody.

Kayleigh HaywoodThere was heavy police activity at Sence Valley Forest Park this morning

Kayleigh HaywoodSearch teams had been looking in a field off Melbourne Road, in Ibstock, on Wednesday

Police said they had searched several locations for the missing teenager, including Sence Valley Forest Park, Ibstock, and a field off Ashby Road, Belton.

Mr Sandall has urged anyone who was in the Diseworth or Belton areas between Saturday afternoon and Monday morning to contact the force.

In a statement released on Wednesday Kayleigh's parents, Stephanie Haywood and Martin Whitby, said her disappearance was "breaking their hearts" and they were "shedding tear after tear".

"We love Kayleigh so much and without her our family is incomplete," the statement said. "A big part of our lives has gone."


Kayleigh's disappearance

Kayleigh Haywood

Friday 13 November

Kayleigh is dropped off at 18:00 GMT by her family outside Ibstock Community College to spend an evening with friends.

Saturday 14 November

Kayleigh contacts her family on Saturday morning, according to police.

Det Ch Supt David Sandall says: "We have been trying to piece together her last movements and we believe she may have been in the Sence Valley Forest Park area on Saturday afternoon."

Monday 16 November

Two men, aged 27 and 28, are arrested in connection with Kayleigh's disappearance on suspicion of kidnap. Police made the arrests in the early hours.

Police cordon off a house in Baker's Croft and make an urgent appeal for witnesses as they grow increasingly concerned over Kayleigh's disappearance.

Kayleigh HaywoodPolice had been searching farmland off Ashby Road, in Belton, about 15 miles (24 km) away

Tuesday 17 November

The entrance to Sence Valley Forest Park is cordoned off. A forensic tent is erected and a tactical support team is brought in.

Police say Kayleigh's phone has been found by a member of the public.

Kayleigh's parents, Stephanie Haywood and Martin Whitby, make an appeal in the hope of finding their daughter.

Police are given a further 36 hours to hold and question the two arrested men.

Wednesday 18 November

The search of Sence Valley Forest Park resumes.

Police activity moves to the Belton area, less than 10 miles away from the park, where a tent is erected.

At 13:00, police announce they are treating Kayleigh's disappearance as murder, and the two men have been rearrested on suspicion of murder.

Cordons remain in place at the park and the search is widened to other areas including Belton and Diseworth.

A body is discovered in a field in Ibstock at about 22:00.

Kayleigh HaywoodPolice were seen guarding a storage container in Diseworth about 20 miles (32 km) from Ibstock

Source: bbc.co.uk

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