Family of Louise Smith pay tribute to 'smiley, generous' teenager

THE family of Louise Smith have paid tribute to their ‘smiley, generous’ girl.

Monday, 1st June 2020, 2:10 pm
Updated Monday, 1st June 2020, 5:33 pm

The 16-year-old was last seen alive in Somborne Drive in Leigh Park at about midday on Friday, May 8.

Nearly two weeks after she went missing, her body was found in Havant Thicket on May 21.

The family have today paid tribute to Louise.

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In a statement, they said: ‘Louise was a typical 16yr old girl, who enjoyed spending time with her friends.

‘She loved animals and being outdoors.

‘She will be remembered as a smiley, generous person who loved her family and was loved by all.’

They added: ‘Louise had beautiful blue eyes, a cheeky smile and was known for her kindness to others. She loved animals and had a sarcastic sense of humour.’

Shane Mays, 29, of Somborne Drive, Havant, has been charged with her murder and is due to appear at Winchester Crown Court on Tuesday.

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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