Google Maps user ‘spots girl missing since 2019’ on site as police probe photo

Police are investigating after a member of the public believed they spotted a missing teenager on Google Maps.

Leah Croucher, 19, disappeared while walking to work on February 15, 2019.

A user spotted a photo of a barn that is believed to be connected to her disappearance.

The Google Maps image taken in March 2019 shows what appears to be a shadowy figure looking around the barn door.

Police have confirmed they're investigating the photo which was passed to them by the amateur sleuth, The Mirror reports.

The photo was taken on the grounds of a large house in Eaton Bray, which is 18 miles from Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire where Leah lived.

Almost two years ago the house and grounds were searched by police, the MKCitizen reported.

"We saw police digging up the grounds and people were told it was part of the search for Leah Croucher," a member of the public told the paper.

They said the property was taken off the market while the police search was carried out.

One member of the Leah Croucher Disappearance – Community Investigation Facebook page went onto Google Maps after hearing about the police action in 2019 and started looking around, according to MKCitizen.

What she found in images of the property shocked her.

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She explained: "I zoomed in, then zoomed again – and then I couldn't believe my eyes.

"I could see someone in one of the barns, looking out of a big open window."

The woman said the figure looks like Leah and appeared to be hiding in the barn.

A spokesperson for the police said: "Thames Valley Police can confirm it received some images last week, which are being reviewed by the investigation team into the disappearance of Leah Croucher.

"We would always continue to urge the public to contact Thames Valley Police with any information that may assist the investigation, either by calling 101 or making a report online or by visiting Milton Keynes police station, quoting reference number 43190049929."

Last month a woman claimed to have a lead in the hunt for the missing teenager, as she believes she may have witnessed the 19-year-old being snatched.

The 68-year-old claims to have seen a young woman being "aggressively" pushed down in the seat of a car in Milton Keynes around the time of Leah's disappearance two years ago.

But the pensioner claims that no detectives contacted her after she reported the information so she reported it for a second time and was again met with silence.

Thames Valley Police say they took "appropriate" action over the woman's reports and declined to disclose further detail.

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