In search for sharp object used to stab 13-year-old to death

Lucy McHugh was last seen at home on Wednesday morning and reported missing before her body was found by a member of the public near a sports centre on Thursday morning.

Officers are now searching the area for the sharp object that was used in the attack - and are urging anyone who has found anything nearby to come forward.

Hampshire Police said: "We cannot say at this stage whether this is a knife, scissors or other bladed implement. Even if someone has put an item in a bin, we will try and recover it."

A 24-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with a child, remains in custody.

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton has called on anyone with information to come forward, and urged others not to speculate about her death online.

He said: "We know how shocked the community is and understand that emotions are running high.

"However, we ask people not to speculate on social media - it is unhelpful to the investigation and to Lucy's family.
"Please allow us to do our job and find out what happened to Lucy."

Police have since issued images of the kind of clothes the teenager was last seen wearing.

They include a distinctive black jacket with white sleeves and branding for the band Falling In Reverse on the front and the words "RADKE 01" emblazoned on the back in red.

Lucy was also wearing camouflage leggings, a white vest top and black and white trainers.

:: Those with information can call 101 quoting the reference number 44180282545.
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