Alice Gross case: Police searching for missing teenager find body in River Brent

 

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The Independent Online

Police searching for the missing teenager Alice Gross have found a body in the River Brent, one of London's longest rivers.

Scotland Yard said the body has yet to be formally identified, but the 14-year-old’s family have been informed of the development. The body has been removed from the scene.

Alice was last seen on 28 August walking along the Grand Union Canal towpath towards her home in Hanwell, west London. Her disappearance triggered one of the biggest searches since the 7/7 terror attacks of 2005 involving officers from units including the Metropolitan Police’s underwater search team and air support, as well as police forces from around the country.

News of the development broke at 12:40am in London. Scotland Yard said Commander Graham McNulty will make a statement later this morning and no further details will be released before then.

“We ask the media to give Alice's family and friends the privacy they require at this difficult time,” a Scotland Yard spokesperson said.