Police hunting a missing 12-year-old girl have launched a murder inquiry after finding a body at her grandmother’s house in south London, Scotland Yard said Friday.
Tia Sharp was last seen at the house on the the New Addington estate near Croydon, south London, a week ago.
Officers are now also searching for her grandmother’s partner, thought to be the last person to have seen the girl alive.
They have warned people not to approach him.
Around 20 officers had spent the day searching the house where the girl’s grandmother, Christine Sharp, 46, lives with her partner Stuart Hazell, 37.
A police spokesman said after the discovery: “We are seeking to find Stuart Hazell to be interviewed in connection with this case.
“He should not be approached and if seen people should call 999 immediately.”
Hazell has already been interviewed as a witness.
Sharp spoke this morning of her distress at the disappearance.
“My only message to Tia is that I love her. She is my life. I don’t know where she has gone. I don’t know how she’s gone,” she said.
“She’s not staying away by choice, I know this. I just don’t know what else to say.”