Bournemouth EchoUPDATE: Body found in hunt for missing teenager (From Bournemouth Echo)

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Grim find after teenager Amy Latham goes missing from Wimborne home

Bournemouth Echo: Amy Latham Amy Latham

A BODY has been found by police searching for missing teenager Amy Latham.

It comes just hours after the father of the Wimborne teenager made a heartfelt plea on the Daily Echo website for his daughter to return home.

Amy, 18, was last seen by her neighbour at her home in Walford Gardens, Wimborne, on Monday at 1.30pm.

A police spokesman said this evening: “Sadly, a body has been found in woods nearby to the family’s address, which is believed to be the body of 18-year-old Amy Latham.

“Her next of kin and the coroner have been informed. The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

Residents tonight reacted with shock after the discovery was made on woodland close to Walford Gardens, where Amy lived with her father.

Heather Bird, of Walford Gardens, said: “I would often see her walking down the road, we were all hoping she had just had a row and stormed off as teenagers do.

“It’s so upsetting, you just feel for the family.”

Another resident, of nearby Farmer’s Walk, added: “The police helicopter has been searching the area since yesterday afternoon.

“It’s so tragic, there were about 10 police officers looking for her (in this area) this afternoon, they came to search all the gardens and sheds.

“It’s so tragic. We’ve all been talking about it; 18 years old, it’s just awful.”

Officers from Dorset Police previously said that they were ‘gravely concerned for the welfare of Amy’ and launched a full-scale operation to find her.

Information about Amy’s disappearance was shared widely on social media and a Facebook page was set up.

Before Amy’s body was found, chief Inspector Debbie Marsden, of Dorset Police, said that “Amy has been very upset recently” and her family was concerned that she had come to harm.

She said Amy had taken her mobile phone and had last made contact with a friend at 2.30pm on Monday.

After that, nobody was able to get in touch with her.

Earlier today Amy’s father Graham Latham released a message asking her to return home.

He described his daughter as ‘very kind, outgoing and much loved by her friends’.

A message posted later on the Facebook page said: “The Latham family are devastated to say that Amy’s body has been found.

“They want to thank Amy’s friends and family for their support. Please respect their privacy whilst they come to terms with this news.”

Amy lived in Wimborne with her father and her mother Sue Latham lives in Sturminster Marshall.

Amy had just finished her A-levels at Queen Elizabeth School in Wimborne and was planning a gap year to visit her sister Rachel in Australia.

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6:35pm Tue 1 Jul 14

djd says...

Such tragic news. A lovely young lady taken so soon. Thoughts and prayers are with all those left behind. R.I.P Amy.
Such tragic news. A lovely young lady taken so soon. Thoughts and prayers are with all those left behind. R.I.P Amy. djd
  • Score: 26

6:46pm Tue 1 Jul 14

HappyTalkyTalkyHappyTalk says...

How very sad, my thoughts are with her family and friends at this very sad time RIP Amy xxx
How very sad, my thoughts are with her family and friends at this very sad time RIP Amy xxx HappyTalkyTalkyHappyTalk
  • Score: 23

7:01pm Tue 1 Jul 14

peskykat says...

Devastating news for the family - in my thoughts :-(
Devastating news for the family - in my thoughts :-( peskykat
  • Score: 21

7:02pm Tue 1 Jul 14

mac340v8 says...

Tragic
So sad. Poor girl. Heartbreaking waste of a life. My heart goes out to her family and friends.
Tragic So sad. Poor girl. Heartbreaking waste of a life. My heart goes out to her family and friends. mac340v8
  • Score: 22

7:03pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Noodle77 says...

My thought's go out to Amy's family.
Devastated to hear this sad news.
RIP Amy.xx
My thought's go out to Amy's family. Devastated to hear this sad news. RIP Amy.xx Noodle77
  • Score: 19

7:07pm Tue 1 Jul 14

nothing is I sortable says...

Hope it is not her x
Hope it is not her x nothing is I sortable
  • Score: -5

7:11pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Huey says...

I could just to ell from reading the story she wouldn't come back, how sad
I could just to ell from reading the story she wouldn't come back, how sad Huey
  • Score: -32

7:25pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Clairebell says...

R.I.P Amy, thinking of your family & friends at this very sad time.
R.I.P Amy, thinking of your family & friends at this very sad time. Clairebell
  • Score: 21

8:08pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Mejulie1967 says...

How absolutely sad and tragic. A baby with her entire life ahead of her and a trip to see her sister planned. MY thoughts go out to her family, who must be devastated and all of her friends at school. RIP little one x
How absolutely sad and tragic. A baby with her entire life ahead of her and a trip to see her sister planned. MY thoughts go out to her family, who must be devastated and all of her friends at school. RIP little one x Mejulie1967
  • Score: 21

8:17pm Tue 1 Jul 14

wilkiemini says...

I have just read the update with the sad news....
Horrible just horrible
My deepest sympathies to the family and friends
Rest in peace now young lady x
I have just read the update with the sad news.... Horrible just horrible My deepest sympathies to the family and friends Rest in peace now young lady x wilkiemini
  • Score: 14

8:44pm Tue 1 Jul 14

BournemouthMum says...

nothing is I sortable wrote:
Hope it is not her x
If it wasn't her it would be someone else - someone else's daughter which would be just as bad wouldn't it/ Terribly sad. I can't imagine what her poor family must be going thorugh.
[quote][p][bold]nothing is I sortable[/bold] wrote: Hope it is not her x[/p][/quote]If it wasn't her it would be someone else - someone else's daughter which would be just as bad wouldn't it/ Terribly sad. I can't imagine what her poor family must be going thorugh. BournemouthMum
  • Score: 5

9:16pm Tue 1 Jul 14

CorsaMadMatt says...

Thoughts and prayers going to the family, at this sad time R.I.P Amy
Thoughts and prayers going to the family, at this sad time R.I.P Amy CorsaMadMatt
  • Score: 6

9:20pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Ayles 10 says...

Love & best wishes to all her friends & family.
Love & best wishes to all her friends & family. Ayles 10
  • Score: 6

9:23pm Tue 1 Jul 14

nothing is I sortable says...

I didn't want it to be her or any person - sorry if I upset people - just wanted her to be OK
I didn't want it to be her or any person - sorry if I upset people - just wanted her to be OK nothing is I sortable
  • Score: 34

9:44pm Tue 1 Jul 14

nothing is I sortable says...

My name should be unsortable - not as it appears - she must have been so down for whatever reason :( my thoughts with family and friends - perhaps an anonymous phone line could be made available for young people who feel desperate - just so they have someone to talk to - no help to Amy's family at the moment but there are so many young people out there who feel stressed for whatever reason God Rest Amy's Soul xx
My name should be unsortable - not as it appears - she must have been so down for whatever reason :( my thoughts with family and friends - perhaps an anonymous phone line could be made available for young people who feel desperate - just so they have someone to talk to - no help to Amy's family at the moment but there are so many young people out there who feel stressed for whatever reason God Rest Amy's Soul xx nothing is I sortable
  • Score: 3

9:53pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Pasiphae says...

My thoughts and prayers go out to all her family and friends. RIP Amy x
My thoughts and prayers go out to all her family and friends. RIP Amy x Pasiphae
  • Score: 6

10:05pm Tue 1 Jul 14

londonlyn says...

My deepest sympathy for Amy's parents and family, Rest In Peace Amy, a star will shine from heaven x
My deepest sympathy for Amy's parents and family, Rest In Peace Amy, a star will shine from heaven x londonlyn
  • Score: 7

10:05pm Tue 1 Jul 14

iseestupidpeople says...

nothing is I sortable wrote:
My name should be unsortable - not as it appears - she must have been so down for whatever reason :( my thoughts with family and friends - perhaps an anonymous phone line could be made available for young people who feel desperate - just so they have someone to talk to - no help to Amy's family at the moment but there are so many young people out there who feel stressed for whatever reason God Rest Amy's Soul xx
Such as Childline or The Samaritans? I don't think your comments are helping anyone!




RIP Amy you beautiful young lady. My thoughts are with her family and friends at this time
[quote][p][bold]nothing is I sortable[/bold] wrote: My name should be unsortable - not as it appears - she must have been so down for whatever reason :( my thoughts with family and friends - perhaps an anonymous phone line could be made available for young people who feel desperate - just so they have someone to talk to - no help to Amy's family at the moment but there are so many young people out there who feel stressed for whatever reason God Rest Amy's Soul xx[/p][/quote]Such as Childline or The Samaritans? I don't think your comments are helping anyone! RIP Amy you beautiful young lady. My thoughts are with her family and friends at this time iseestupidpeople
  • Score: 1

10:18pm Tue 1 Jul 14

nothing is I sortable says...

iseestupidpeople wrote:
nothing is I sortable wrote:
My name should be unsortable - not as it appears - she must have been so down for whatever reason :( my thoughts with family and friends - perhaps an anonymous phone line could be made available for young people who feel desperate - just so they have someone to talk to - no help to Amy's family at the moment but there are so many young people out there who feel stressed for whatever reason God Rest Amy's Soul xx
Such as Childline or The Samaritans? I don't think your comments are helping anyone!




RIP Amy you beautiful young lady. My thoughts are with her family and friends at this time
No not at all - that is not what I meant - I will go now, any young death is a tragedy and can happen impulsively - there will always be reasons for actions whether others think it rational or not - the mind is a very fragile thing - my thoughts are with her family and Amy
[quote][p][bold]iseestupidpeople[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nothing is I sortable[/bold] wrote: My name should be unsortable - not as it appears - she must have been so down for whatever reason :( my thoughts with family and friends - perhaps an anonymous phone line could be made available for young people who feel desperate - just so they have someone to talk to - no help to Amy's family at the moment but there are so many young people out there who feel stressed for whatever reason God Rest Amy's Soul xx[/p][/quote]Such as Childline or The Samaritans? I don't think your comments are helping anyone! RIP Amy you beautiful young lady. My thoughts are with her family and friends at this time[/p][/quote]No not at all - that is not what I meant - I will go now, any young death is a tragedy and can happen impulsively - there will always be reasons for actions whether others think it rational or not - the mind is a very fragile thing - my thoughts are with her family and Amy nothing is I sortable
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10:39pm Tue 1 Jul 14

peskykat says...

nothing is I sortable wrote:
My name should be unsortable - not as it appears - she must have been so down for whatever reason :( my thoughts with family and friends - perhaps an anonymous phone line could be made available for young people who feel desperate - just so they have someone to talk to - no help to Amy's family at the moment but there are so many young people out there who feel stressed for whatever reason God Rest Amy's Soul xx
I understand where you are coming from , a teenager I knew took his own life a few years ago - he came from a loving family , had a good job but he told his younger brother that he hadn't done anything with his life . It saddens me so much when a youngster makes that snap decision and they can't see the future where they have so much more to enjoy , explore in life , it is all very well saying call Childline , etc but it is not always easy to do , it depends on the individual and the state of their mind at the time .
[quote][p][bold]nothing is I sortable[/bold] wrote: My name should be unsortable - not as it appears - she must have been so down for whatever reason :( my thoughts with family and friends - perhaps an anonymous phone line could be made available for young people who feel desperate - just so they have someone to talk to - no help to Amy's family at the moment but there are so many young people out there who feel stressed for whatever reason God Rest Amy's Soul xx[/p][/quote]I understand where you are coming from , a teenager I knew took his own life a few years ago - he came from a loving family , had a good job but he told his younger brother that he hadn't done anything with his life . It saddens me so much when a youngster makes that snap decision and they can't see the future where they have so much more to enjoy , explore in life , it is all very well saying call Childline , etc but it is not always easy to do , it depends on the individual and the state of their mind at the time . peskykat
  • Score: 3

10:54pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Ms daisy says...

This is such terrible news of a beautiful and clever young lady. So awful for her family, even though some people do not know them personally I m sure many are thinking of them tonight.
This is such terrible news of a beautiful and clever young lady. So awful for her family, even though some people do not know them personally I m sure many are thinking of them tonight. Ms daisy
  • Score: 7

12:33am Wed 2 Jul 14

Couchy125 says...

Terrible news. RIP young lady. Feel very sorry for her family.
Terrible news. RIP young lady. Feel very sorry for her family. Couchy125
  • Score: 4

2:17am Wed 2 Jul 14

Wageslave says...

There is a line in a popular Indian movie that says "After every dark night is a bright new day" Not sure if this is a traditional saying but it is worth remembering. Never shut the door on life, you never know what will happen next and it could be great.
There is a line in a popular Indian movie that says "After every dark night is a bright new day" Not sure if this is a traditional saying but it is worth remembering. Never shut the door on life, you never know what will happen next and it could be great. Wageslave
  • Score: 11

5:50am Wed 2 Jul 14

yet_another_one says...

Tragic & so very sad - my thoughts/prayers are with her family & ALL those who knew her.
RIP Amy.
Tragic & so very sad - my thoughts/prayers are with her family & ALL those who knew her. RIP Amy. yet_another_one
  • Score: 2

7:21am Wed 2 Jul 14

S,Bowes says...

For the sake of the family and friends .I suggest this story be put to bed .or get someone at the Echo to monitor the trolls sick comments.
For the sake of the family and friends .I suggest this story be put to bed .or get someone at the Echo to monitor the trolls sick comments. S,Bowes
  • Score: 7

7:38am Wed 2 Jul 14

yet_another_one says...

S,Bowes wrote:
For the sake of the family and friends .I suggest this story be put to bed .or get someone at the Echo to monitor the trolls sick comments.
Absolutely.
[quote][p][bold]S,Bowes[/bold] wrote: For the sake of the family and friends .I suggest this story be put to bed .or get someone at the Echo to monitor the trolls sick comments.[/p][/quote]Absolutely. yet_another_one
  • Score: 3

7:55am Wed 2 Jul 14

13mediawarfare says...

sad news. RIP to another young life tragically lost. |Thoughts are with the family and friends
sad news. RIP to another young life tragically lost. |Thoughts are with the family and friends 13mediawarfare
  • Score: 1

9:09am Wed 2 Jul 14

bourne free says...

thoughts go out to her family and friends / so sad .
thoughts go out to her family and friends / so sad . bourne free
  • Score: 0

9:26am Wed 2 Jul 14

BH1 loyal says...

R.i.p
R.i.p BH1 loyal
  • Score: 0

12:26pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Fuscia67 says...

Wageslave wrote:
There is a line in a popular Indian movie that says "After every dark night is a bright new day" Not sure if this is a traditional saying but it is worth remembering. Never shut the door on life, you never know what will happen next and it could be great.
But there are times when a person can't see beyond where they feel they are at that moment. Yes, there may be things they should be looking forward to, but the all encompassing thoughts are extremely hard to push away if someone feels there's no hope of help...of which there is a great deal.
At such a young age, it's difficult enough just to begin to plan the life you may have ahead, let alone deal with present worries.
I pray for her parents and other relatives. A devastating day for them
Rest peacefully now Amy ****
[quote][p][bold]Wageslave[/bold] wrote: There is a line in a popular Indian movie that says "After every dark night is a bright new day" Not sure if this is a traditional saying but it is worth remembering. Never shut the door on life, you never know what will happen next and it could be great.[/p][/quote]But there are times when a person can't see beyond where they feel they are at that moment. Yes, there may be things they should be looking forward to, but the all encompassing thoughts are extremely hard to push away if someone feels there's no hope of help...of which there is a great deal. At such a young age, it's difficult enough just to begin to plan the life you may have ahead, let alone deal with present worries. I pray for her parents and other relatives. A devastating day for them Rest peacefully now Amy **** Fuscia67
  • Score: 2

9:32am Sun 20 Jul 14

khakkij says...

terrible for the family., why this happens more and more., who knows what goes on behind closed doors., pressured daily to do better., a child can only do its best., not good enough for some, bullying at school., certainly needs addressing and putting a stop to other families suffering
terrible for the family., why this happens more and more., who knows what goes on behind closed doors., pressured daily to do better., a child can only do its best., not good enough for some, bullying at school., certainly needs addressing and putting a stop to other families suffering khakkij
  • Score: 0

10:18am Mon 21 Jul 14

stevobath says...

nothing is I sortable wrote:
My name should be unsortable - not as it appears - she must have been so down for whatever reason :( my thoughts with family and friends - perhaps an anonymous phone line could be made available for young people who feel desperate - just so they have someone to talk to - no help to Amy's family at the moment but there are so many young people out there who feel stressed for whatever reason God Rest Amy's Soul xx
There is.

It's called 'The Samaritans'

Sadly, sometimes talking is not enough.

Sad.
[quote][p][bold]nothing is I sortable[/bold] wrote: My name should be unsortable - not as it appears - she must have been so down for whatever reason :( my thoughts with family and friends - perhaps an anonymous phone line could be made available for young people who feel desperate - just so they have someone to talk to - no help to Amy's family at the moment but there are so many young people out there who feel stressed for whatever reason God Rest Amy's Soul xx[/p][/quote]There is. It's called 'The Samaritans' Sadly, sometimes talking is not enough. Sad. stevobath
  • Score: 0
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