Missing girl found hanged in forest

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The body of a teenage girl whose disappearance had sparked a massive police search was yesterday found hanging in woodland near her home. Stephanie Edmunds, 16, vanished on Christmas Eve after a row with her father at their home in Rhigos, near Hirwaun, South Wales.

Mounted police and a helicopter were brought in to help comb hillsides near Stephanie's home after her friends revealed that she had not spent Christmas with them. A police spokeswoman said "We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen her since Christmas Eve or who can give any information concerning her state of mind," she said.