Lancashire Constabulary-Murder of Alex Davies
Detectives investigating the murder of a teenager in Parbold are appealing for help to catch his killer.
Details of Incident
Police were called around 5.25pm on Wednesday 1st May after a body was found in a wooded area off Parbold Hill.
Whilst formal identification has yet to be carried out, the body is believed to be that of Alex Davies, 18 from Skelmersdale.
Mr Davies was reported missing from home on April 30th but the last confirmed sighting is about 2pm on Monday April 29th.
Mr Davies' family have been informed and being supported by specially trained family liaison officers.
A post mortem examination has been carried out and the cause of death has been established but for operational reasons we cannot disclose this at this time.
Police are carrying out a number of enquiries in a bid to trace Alex's movements from the time he went missing to the time his body was found in a bid to find his killer. The man leading the enquiry has also appealed for people to come forward if they suspect they know who the killer is.
Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Hurst of Lancashire Police Force Major Investigation Team said "This is a truly shocking murder of a young man and my thoughts are with his family and friends at this desperately sad time. Alex was a much loved son and brother and his family are obviously distraught by what has happened.
I have a dedicated team of officers and staff working on this enquiry and we are doing all we can to find whoever has committed this horrific act.
We are keeping an open mind for the reason Alex was in the Parbold area but it could be that he had arranged to meet someone. I would appeal to anyone with information which could assist to come forward.
We are carring out CCTV and house to house enquiries in the area to try and piece together Alex's movements and to try to identify his killer but I need the public's help as someone out there could hold the key to solving this horrendous crime.
Furthermore, if you have seen anyone acting suspiciously or any unusual behaviour in the area in recent days, please come forward.
It may be that you have suspicions about someone you know - have they been acting out of character recently, do they have any unexplained injuries or have they come home with blood on their clothes?
You may thing you are doing the right thing protecting them but if anyone does have suspicions about an individual I would ask them to search their conscience and do the right thing and contact police. We need to find the person who has done this"
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting incident reference LC-20190503-0460. Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.