Police in Louise Smith case continue search in Leigh Park as neighbours share sadness

Louise was last seen in Somborne Drive in the Leigh Park area at about midday on May 8.

Flowers left outside Havant Thicket. Picture: Ben Mitchell/PA Wire Copyright: PA (Press Association)

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Police forensic officers have been carrying out searches of a flat in the street and have blacked out the property’s windows.

Neighbours have said it is believed that Louise had been staying with a couple at the flat.

John Singleton said: ‘I saw her on the day she went missing, she just went out walking, I didn’t know where she was going.

A forensic officer blacks out windows at a property in Leigh Park. Picture: Jordan Pettitt/Solent News & Photo Agency Copyright: Other 3rd Party

‘It’s very sad, the outcome is the saddest, for a while we had some hope.’

Describing the police activity at the flat, he added: ‘The police have been in and out carrying stuff.’

A man and a woman, both aged 29, were arrested on May 15 on suspicion of kidnap and later released on bail.

Hampshire police have confirmed that the death is being treated as suspicious and Louise’s family was being supported by specialist officers.

Heavy police presence at the scene in Havant Thicket. Picture: Jordan Pettitt/Solent News & Photo Agency Copyright: Other 3rd Party

Detective Chief Superintendent Scott MacKechnie said: ‘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.’

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