Police in the UK investigating the disappearance of schoolgirl Tia Sharp have apologised to her mother after admitting they should have found a body sooner.
Human remains were discovered at Tia’s grandmother’s house in south London on the fourth examination of the property yesterday – one week after she was reported missing.
Her grandmother Christine Sharp, 46, and her partner Stuart Hazell, 37, were arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of the body.
Metropolitan Police South East London Area Commander Neil Basu said a full search of the house last Saturday, which included the area where the body was found five days later, should have been more thorough.
“An early review has been conducted and it is now clear that human error delayed the discovery of the body within the house,” he said.
“We have apologised to Tia’s mother that our procedures did not lead to the discovery of the body on this search.”