Missing teenager’s tearful parents plead for her to return home in fresh police appeal two weeks after she vanished

Police searching for a missing teenager have issued a fresh appeal for information two weeks since her disappearance.

Leah Croucher was last seen on CCTV on a leafy residential lane in Furzton, Milton Keynes, just after 8.15am on Friday February 15.

Thames Valley Police said on Friday they have had no further confirmed sightings of the 19-year-old.

Leah’s concerned parents said her disappearance was ‘highly unusual’ and it is ‘unbelievable’ that she has not tried to contact anyone.

In an emotional press conference held a week after Leah disappeared, Claire Croucher urged her daughter to ‘just show us that you are safe’

Leah’s family last saw her in Emerson Valley, Milton Keynes, at around 10pm on Thursday February 14.

She was reported missing to police the following day.

Chief Inspector Neil Kentish said Leah had disappeared while she was walking to work.

‘Leah’s usual route to work would be via Buzzacott Lane and then on to Faraday Drive using the redways to travel north towards Kelvin Drive in Knowlhill,’ he said.

‘We know that this is the route that Leah took on both Wednesday 13 and Thursday February 14, however extensive CCTV work has shown that she did not arrive in Faraday Drive on the morning she went missing.

Our new appeal today is to urge anyone who was in the area between Buzzacott Lane and Faraday Drive after 8.15am on Friday February 15, or has dash-cam or CCTV footage from that day, to come forward.’

Police have released further CCTV footage of Leah on the usual route she took into work on the day before she was reported missing.

Leah is described as white and slim, with below shoulder-length brown hair, and she sometimes wears glasses.

She was last seen dressed in a black coat, skinny black jeans and black Converse high top shoes, and was carrying a small black rucksack.

Mr Kentish said Leah’s ‘devastated’ family are ‘desperate’ to find her and are being supported by specialist officers.

He said police are keeping an open mind over Leah’s disappearance and have brought in resources from the force’s Major Crime Unit to aid the missing person investigation.

Searches will continue in Emerson Valley, Furzton and Shenley Lodge and anniversary checks will be made in Buzzacott Lane, Loxbeare Drive, Faraday Drive and Knowlhill.

Volunteers will help police hand out leaflets across Milton Keynes this weekend and a dedicated investigation website has been set up.

Anyone with information can go to a police station, call 101, or visit the police website.