Tributes paid after body of missing Wimborne teenager Amy Latham found dead in woods

Bournemouth Echo: Tributes paid after body of missing teenager Amy Latham found dead in woods Tributes paid after body of missing teenager Amy Latham found dead in woods

HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to Wimborne teenager Amy Latham who was found dead in the woods near her home last night.

Amy, who celebrated her 18th birthday just last week, had just completed her studies at QE School in Wimborne.

Messages of sympathy have been left on sites including Facebook and Twitter.

Phil Jessiman said : “Another bright star has been added to tonight's sky, one that should not be there as they were taken far too young and well before their time.

“You were loved by all who met you and you have left such a large hole in so many lives. Sleep well, sleep tight dear Amy, RIP.”

His sentiments were echoed by another friend who said: “Rest In Peace Amy Latham, you will always be an angel.”

Another said: “It's one of those things that you just can't believe. RIP Amy.”

Police expressed their “grave concern” that Amy had gone missing yesterday and urged the public to help them find her.

A special Facebook page was set up which had more than 1,000 “likes” and had been shared by hundreds of well wishers.

But a body was found later in the day and her devastated family confirmed it was Amy.

In a message posted on Facebook they 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 while they come to terms with this news.”

Amy lived in Walford Gardens in Wimborne with her dad, Graham. Her mum, Sue Latham, lives in Sturminster Marshall.

It is thought that she was planning to travel to Australia to visit her sister, Rachel, during a gap year.

Police have confirmed there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. The coroner has been informed and a post mortem examination will be carried out in the next 48 hours. An inquest will be held at a later date.

Amy's body was discovered in woodland close to Walford Gardens and residents in the area reacted with shock when they heard the news.

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 this afternoon, they came to search all the gardens and sheds.“We've all been talking about it; 18 years old, it's just awful.”

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12:46pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Pasiphae says...

So very sad, my thoughts are with her family and friends. RIP Amy
So very sad, my thoughts are with her family and friends. RIP Amy Pasiphae
  • Score: 29

1:34pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Jonwel says...

Heartbreaking.
Heartbreaking. Jonwel
  • Score: 27

5:01pm Wed 2 Jul 14

O'Reilly says...

A sad end to a young girl's life, as the father of daughters myself I can only empathise with their pain...
A sad end to a young girl's life, as the father of daughters myself I can only empathise with their pain... O'Reilly
  • Score: 18

5:09pm Wed 2 Jul 14

matthew bell says...

Poorly worded words I made last comment.
I sincerely hope she rests in peace and her family can move on is what I meant to have said and public support for addressing family issues in youths is almost zero in Dorset. My brother tried to take his life 3 years ago but we stopped it from happening and he is still recovering from mental health issues. its not always noticeable for other families especially working parents. RIP Amy.
Poorly worded words I made last comment. I sincerely hope she rests in peace and her family can move on is what I meant to have said and public support for addressing family issues in youths is almost zero in Dorset. My brother tried to take his life 3 years ago but we stopped it from happening and he is still recovering from mental health issues. its not always noticeable for other families especially working parents. RIP Amy. matthew bell
  • Score: 7

5:42pm Wed 2 Jul 14

ohnonothimagen says...

Such a sad ending to this story. My thoughts are with everyone who is suffering the loss of this beautiful young lady. Rest in peace, Amy.
Such a sad ending to this story. My thoughts are with everyone who is suffering the loss of this beautiful young lady. Rest in peace, Amy. ohnonothimagen
  • Score: 11

9:25pm Wed 2 Jul 14

loopzey says...

Why can't the Echo just say the word 'suicide'. It just contributes to making it a taboo. It's important that we make it something people can talk about.
Why can't the Echo just say the word 'suicide'. It just contributes to making it a taboo. It's important that we make it something people can talk about. loopzey
  • Score: 8

9:30pm Wed 2 Jul 14

madrider says...

So very sad and heartbreaking my deepest thoughts to all her family , friends and anyone who knew her RIP Amy
So very sad and heartbreaking my deepest thoughts to all her family , friends and anyone who knew her RIP Amy madrider
  • Score: 5

9:32pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Harpenter says...

So so sad, if any child, adolescent, adult is ever feeling this way seek help .... No one will judge, de-value or criticise - sadly this outcome is happening far to often. RIP Amy and my thoughts are with your friends and family x
So so sad, if any child, adolescent, adult is ever feeling this way seek help .... No one will judge, de-value or criticise - sadly this outcome is happening far to often. RIP Amy and my thoughts are with your friends and family x Harpenter
  • Score: 7

10:13pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

loopzey wrote:
Why can't the Echo just say the word 'suicide'. It just contributes to making it a taboo. It's important that we make it something people can talk about.
Well, probably legally that word can't be used until or unless that is the verdict of the coroner at inquest.
[quote][p][bold]loopzey[/bold] wrote: Why can't the Echo just say the word 'suicide'. It just contributes to making it a taboo. It's important that we make it something people can talk about.[/p][/quote]Well, probably legally that word can't be used until or unless that is the verdict of the coroner at inquest. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 6

10:30pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Fuscia67 says...

loopzey wrote:
Why can't the Echo just say the word 'suicide'. It just contributes to making it a taboo. It's important that we make it something people can talk about.
Maybe, as Sir Beachy Head wrote-it's for the coroner to decide...but more likely to spare her loved ones additional hurt when they're already grieving.
[quote][p][bold]loopzey[/bold] wrote: Why can't the Echo just say the word 'suicide'. It just contributes to making it a taboo. It's important that we make it something people can talk about.[/p][/quote]Maybe, as Sir Beachy Head wrote-it's for the coroner to decide...but more likely to spare her loved ones additional hurt when they're already grieving. Fuscia67
  • Score: 1

5:34am Thu 3 Jul 14

Old Boscombe Lad says...

Such a sad loss, Rest in Peace young lady.
Such a sad loss, Rest in Peace young lady. Old Boscombe Lad
  • Score: 6

10:39am Thu 3 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Fuscia67 wrote:
loopzey wrote:
Why can't the Echo just say the word 'suicide'. It just contributes to making it a taboo. It's important that we make it something people can talk about.
Maybe, as Sir Beachy Head wrote-it's for the coroner to decide...but more likely to spare her loved ones additional hurt when they're already grieving.
Not more likely, it is a matter of law.
[quote][p][bold]Fuscia67[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loopzey[/bold] wrote: Why can't the Echo just say the word 'suicide'. It just contributes to making it a taboo. It's important that we make it something people can talk about.[/p][/quote]Maybe, as Sir Beachy Head wrote-it's for the coroner to decide...but more likely to spare her loved ones additional hurt when they're already grieving.[/p][/quote]Not more likely, it is a matter of law. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 4

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