POLICE IN LONDON have launched a murder investigation after finding a body in the search for missing 12-year-old Tia Sharp.
The body, which has not yet been identified, was found at the house of the missing girl’s grandmother, Christine Jones, in the New Addington area of south-east London. London Metropolitan Police said that her family has been informed of the discovery.
Police have said they are seeking Stuart Hazell, the 37-year-old partner of Tia Sharp’s grandmother, in connection with the case.
The public has been warned not to approach Hazell, who was interviewed by police earlier this week in connection with the disappearance of the 12-year-old.
Forensic police officers began a full search of the home of Tia’s grandmother earlier this afternoon following an intensive search of the local area.
A post mortem is due to be carried out on the body.
A major manhunt had been carried out around the New Addington area of London after the 12-year-old went missing last Friday afternoon. Hazell was the last person to report seeing her alive and said that she had gone to a nearby shop to buy a pair of flip flops.
Tia Sharp. (Photo: London Metropolitan Police)