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The Independent

Leah Croucher homicide: Prime suspect modified look whereas on run from police



A brand new e-fit of the prime suspect within the homicide of Leah Croucher has been launched as detectives attempt to verify that he killed the 19-year-old.

Neil Maxwell, a intercourse offender who killed himself whereas on the run from police, died in April 2019 – two months after Ms Croucher vanished.

Officers from Thames Valley Police imagine he murdered {the teenager} however have been unable to seek out anybody who can place him close to the home the place her physique was discovered final 12 months.

They imagine he misplaced weight and grew a beard with a purpose to change his look and keep away from seize for a earlier suspected sexual assault.

Maxwell was wished for the intercourse assault in Newport Pagnell in November 2018, and used false names to evade arrest, in addition to stopping utilizing his telephone and automobile.

He was the one individual with keys to the home in Loxbeare Drive, Furzton, Milton Keynes, the place Ms Croucher’s physique was present in October final 12 months after a tip-off from a member of the general public.

Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Hunter stated: “I can verify that Neil Maxwell stays the one nominated suspect at this level of the investigation, and our investigation continues to diligently collect ample proof to ascertain the reality.

“Maxwell knew he was wished in reference to a sexual assault investigation that occurred in Newport Pagnell in November 2018 and seems to have made in depth efforts to evade arrest by utilizing false names, and we imagine he stopped utilizing his cell phone and his autos. He’s prone to have identified that he could be returning to jail if he was arrested and convicted.

“The investigation has now additionally established that Maxwell is prone to have modified his look to keep away from being recognised. He had grown a beard and will have misplaced weight.

“We’ve due to this fact generated a pc picture of how Maxwell could have appeared across the time Leah went lacking within the hope that it might jog somebody’s reminiscence. Did you see this individual in or round Loxbeare Drive, Furzton, at any time between December 2018 and 20 April 2019?

“Or are you able to assist us with acquiring additional details about Neil Maxwell. Are you aware the place he was between December 2018 and 20 April 2019, what telephone quantity he was utilizing, what car he was driving, who he was with or another helpful data that may assist us set up the reality for Leah’s household?”

Ms Croucher’s physique was discovered on the home lower than half a mile from the place she was final seen when she vanished whereas strolling to work in February 2019.

No hint was discovered of {the teenager} for greater than three years regardless of an enormous search operation.

Investigators have thus far been unable to seek out anybody who noticed Maxwell in or round Milton Keynes since early December 2018, or close to the home in Loxbeare Drive on the time of Ms Croucher’s disappearance in February the next 12 months.

Anybody with related data can contact police on 101 or the Thames Valley Police web site quoting Operation Innsbruck, or to stay nameless, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or on-line.

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