Police investigating the disappearance of teenager Amanda Dowler were today hoping to uncover the identity of human remains found in woodland.
Detective Superintendent Alan Betts, a senior investigating officer with Hampshire police, said the teenager’s parents had been told of the development.
“The next step is to do a full forensic examination of the scene and the surrounding area to recover any clues or evidence to link any possible offender to the scene and to recover these remains and to carry out a post-mortem examination.
“The post-mortem will take place later today and we anticipate the results later today.”
Mr Betts said the forensic team were making every effort to identify the remains, which were found next to a footpath in woodland near Cat Hill Farm, Minley, near Fleet, Hampshire, on Wednesday.
Amanda, also known as Milly, was aged 13 when she disappeared on March 21 while walking to her home in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
Detective Chief Superintendent Craig Denholm, the Surrey officer leading the inquiry into Milly’s disappearance, this morning met Hampshire detectives and was expected to visit the scene later today.