Louise Smith, 16, ‘was seen getting into a red van days before she vanished’, neighbour says as murder detectives find body in woods and search flat belonging to married couple where she’d been staying

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Police investigating the disappearance of 16-year-old Louise Smith were today searching a flat belonging to a married couple where she had been living.

Forensic officers spent the day sifting through the first floor property belonging to the 29-year-old woman and her husband in Havant, Hampshire.

According to a family friend, Louise had been under their care before she went missing.

Police also searched another property, about a mile away.

Officers at that address, a semi-detached house, were understood to be looking for a ‘pair of trainers and petrol.’

Louise vanished on May 8, on the 75th anniversary of VE Day, and has not been seen since.

A neighbour said they saw a ‘red van’ outside a block of flats which a girl got into with bags of clothes. Police investigating the disappearance of 16-year-old Louise Smith were today searching a flat belonging to a married couple where she had been livingOn Thursday Hampshire Police confirmed that a body had been found in nearby woodland and said they were in the process of identifying who it was.A 29-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap but later released on bail.Louise is said to have been experiencing problems at home with her mother, Rebecca Coombes, who lives a five-minute walk away from the flat where the teenager is said to have been staying with the married couple.One local said: ‘Louise had been suffering from depression lately and had apparently been bullied at school.’She had an on-off boyfriend who himself had something of […]

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