'We are still committed to finding Leah Croucher' say police in Milton Keynes
Police said today they “remain committed” to finding Leah Croucher almost a year after she disappeared.
It is understood dozens of reports of 'sightings' of Leah are still coming in every month from all over the country – and sometimes from other countries.
But so far, after 349 agonising days, there has not been one sighting that could be her.
A Thames Valley Police spokesman told the MK Citizen: “We remain committed to finding Leah and we continue to investigate and explore every report received as well as support Leah’s family during this difficult time.”
The shy and home-loving 19-year-old Leah set out to walk to work as normal from her Emerson Valley home the morning after Valentine's Day last year.
But she never reached her workplace at finance company DFC, which is in Davy Avenue at Knowlhill.. CCTV cameras picked her up at Buzzacott Lane in Furzton at 8.15am , but after that it was as though she “vanished off the face of the earth,” say her distraught family.
Police admit the case is baffling. The officer in charge of the investigation, Chief Inspector Neil Kentish said: "Frankly, our officers who are investigating Leah’s disappearance have never dealt with a case like this before.
"It is extremely rare for someone to go missing without leaving a trace, but this is what has happened to Leah.”
Meanwhile Leah's parents have thanked everybody for their support and kindness, but pleaded with people to keep looking for their daughter.
“Please don't stop looking for our beautiful, shy, kind little princess,” said Claire.
“Look at people on the bus, in the street, in the queue at the shops. We are lost without our Leah. We need her back home with us.
“We are at the edge of an abyss. Please don't let us fall in.”
Two months ago the family tragically lost Leah's older brother Haydon, who took his own life because he was so upset about Leah's disappearance and the lack of progress in finding her.
Haydon had become increasingly depressed since May 2019, when he appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court charged with making threats to Leah's work colleague, a Milton Keynes man called Adnan Choudhury between February 1 2019 and April 30 2019.
Mr Choudhury, who worked with Leah at DFC, was described in court as Leah's “ex boyfriend” and police agreed not to pursue the prosecution because it would not be in the public interest.
Judge Sheridan told Haydon at the time: “The police have fully investigated the person you suspected. There is, at this stage, nothing to support your suspicions. You must allow them, however strongly you feel, to do their investigations.”
If you have information about Leah, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
"No matter how small you might think it is, please contact us," said a police spokesman.