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Man appears in court charged with the murder of 16-year-old Louise Smith

The teenager disappeared on VE Day.

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The teenager was found dead in Havant Thicket in Hampshire (Ben Mitchell/PA)

The teenager was found dead in Havant Thicket in Hampshire (Ben Mitchell/PA)

The teenager was found dead in Havant Thicket in Hampshire (Ben Mitchell/PA)

A 29-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of 16-year-old Louise Smith, who disappeared on VE Day.

Shane Mays, of Somborne Drive, Havant, Hampshire, was remanded in custody at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court to appear at Winchester Crown Court on Tuesday June 2.

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Undated family handout file photo issued by Hampshire Constabulary of 16-year-old Louise Smith, who disappeared on VE Day (Hampshire Constabulary/PA)

Undated family handout file photo issued by Hampshire Constabulary of 16-year-old Louise Smith, who disappeared on VE Day (Hampshire Constabulary/PA)

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Undated family handout file photo issued by Hampshire Constabulary of 16-year-old Louise Smith, who disappeared on VE Day (Hampshire Constabulary/PA)

Louise was last seen alive in Somborne Drive in the Leigh Park area of Havant at midday on May 8.

Her body was found in nearby woodland at Havant Thicket on May 21.

She was described by a family friend as a “lovely girl with a heart of gold”.

A 29-year-old woman, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender in connection with the investigation, has been released on bail, Hampshire police said.

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