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Human remains found by police searching for missing teenager Leah Croucher were located in the former home of a convicted paedophile, according to reports.
Leah, 19, was last seen on February 15, 2019, but a recent tip off has led police to a house in Milton Keynes where forensic examinations identified "human remains".
A rucksack and other items belonging to the teen have been found at the property in Loxbeare Drive, Furzton, prompting Thames Valley Police to launch a murder investigation.
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Police were tipped off by a member of the public on Monday, leading police to search the property.
The Times reported that the house, which neighbours say has been empty for months, is just 500 yards from the spot the tragic teen was last seen.
Someone who lived there before, but is not being identified at this time, was put behind bars in 2017 for sexual offences against two teenagers over a two-year period.
No arrests have been made.
Police said it may take some time to identify the remains found at the property where refurbishment work appeared to have started not long before officers arrived.
The father of the paedophile said that his family had rented the house from a Dubai-based owner via an agency, and added that the family had moved out years before Croucher's disappearance.
However, he added, they were aware of the case because they are still local to the area.
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The paedophile's mum said that she had "not seen him for years", The Times reported.
Police reviewed 1,200 hours of CCTV and conducted more than 4,000 house-to-house inquiries.
One neighbour said: "He [a policeman] said he wanted to talk to the man of the house too, but my husband was away on business.
"The officer said he would come back another time… he never did return though."
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Head of Crime for Thames Valley Police, Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Hunter said: “Following a call to police on Monday, we attended an address and located items of concern within the property.
"We are dealing with a very difficult scene but we can now confirm that we have discovered a number of items that are linked to Leah, and as such, we have now launched a murder investigation, led by our Major Crime Unit.
“Leah’s family have been kept updated and continue to be supported by officers, and we are urging the public and media to think of her family and not to speculate further while this investigation is in the early stages."
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