Parents watch as teams begin searching lake for their missing daughter, 19

The parents of Leah Croucher watched on as a specialist underwater search team scoured a lake for their missing daughter.

Financial clerk Leah, 19, disappeared eight months ago while walking to work.

The night before she vanished – Valentine's Day – Leah lied to her parents about a mystery 75 minute trip out.

John and Claire Croucher were present as divers began a search of the 18m deep Blue Lagoon near their home.

Police say a grey hooded top, matching what the teenager was wearing, was spotted in the area by a member of the public.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Andy Howard, said: “We are continuing to appeal for information regarding Leah’s movements and whereabouts on 14th and 15th February.

“I would like to remind people of the distinctive grey ‘Stewartby’ taekwondo hoody with a colourful logo that Leah was wearing at the time she went missing.

“This search activity is in response to a specific piece of information and could take up to 10 days to complete."

On Valentine's night Leah came home from work and changed into jogging bottoms before telling her family she was popping out to see a friend for a "catch up".

She left at 6pm and returned home at 7.15pm but police have confirmed she did not visit her pal.

Leah was last seen alive on CCTV while walking from her Milton's Keynes home towards work.

Her phone was switched off and her bank account has not been used.

In a recent interview mum Claire spoke of the family's fears that Leah had been murdered.

She said: "There is no way she has run away.

"Someone has taken her, something bad has happened… there are some people out there in the world who know where she is and what has happened to her."

John added: "Truthfully, I do not believe she has run away.

"She has got a fair amount of money in the bank and that has not been touched.

"If you are running away, surely you would take something?"

The teenager was in a relationship with an older man, aged 27, at the time she vanished.

Claire said: "We were not aware of a relationship before she went missing.

"We've found out since that she was seeing somebody but that person has been spoken to."

Police have previously confirmed that her boyfriend is not a suspect.

No trace of Leah, who would have turned 20 last month, has been found despite extensive police investigations.

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