Hobbyist detectives online trying to track down Leah Croucher, who was last seen driving to work in 2019, have become interested in a property in Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire.
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Police are investigating a photo showing a dark figure in a barn a month after Leah Croucher went missing.
A member of the public discovered the photo while looking at a barn believed to be linked to Leah who went missing on February 15, 2019 on her way to work.
The Google Maps image, which appears to show a figure looking around a doorway, was taken a month after the 19-year-old was last seen, it was reported.
The amateur detective forwarded the image to the police who confirmed that they were investigating it.
The photo was taken in the grounds of a large house in Eaton Bray, 18 miles from Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire where Leah lived.
Almost two years ago, the house and grounds were searched by police, MKCitizen reported.
“We saw the police digging the land and people were told it was part of Leah Croucher’s search,” a member of the public told the newspaper.
They said the property was taken off the market during the police search.
Mentions of Eaton Bray began circulating on amateur sleuth forums a month ago in connection with the case.
A member of the Leah Croucher Disappearance – Community Investigation Facebook page took to Google Earth after hearing about the police action in 2019 and began searching, according to MKCitizen.
What she found in the footage of the property shocked her.
“I zoomed in, then zoomed in again – and then I couldn’t believe my eyes,” she said.
“I could see someone in one of the barns, looking out a large open window.”
The date on the Google Earth image was March 2019, a month after Leah’s disappearance.
The woman said the figure looked like Leah and appeared to be hiding in the barn.
She took a copy of the image to a Thames Valley police station the next morning, prompting cops to examine the photo.
A police spokesperson said: “Thames Valley Police can confirm that they received images last week, which are being reviewed by the Leah Croucher missing investigation team.
“We will always continue to urge the public to contact Thames Valley Police with any information that may assist the investigation, either by calling 101, reporting online, or visiting the Thames Valley Police Station. Milton Keynes, citing reference number 43190049929. “
Leah’s disappearance has confused amateur and professional detectives for the past two years.
Last month, a woman claimed to have a head start in the search for the missing teenager, as she believes she witnessed the 19-year-old kidnapping.
The 68-year-old claims to have seen a young woman being pushed “aggressively” in the seat of a car in Milton Keynes when Leah went missing two years ago.
The woman says she reported the sighting to police at the time, and twice more after learning of Leah’s disappearance – but says the call manager she spoke to didn’t seem interested.
Since then, she has grown increasingly concerned about the incident.
The woman, who was stationary in a traffic queue at the time, said she saw a pair of feet on the dashboard of a shiny black coupe with the man behind the wheel pushing aggressively the one next to him in the passenger seat. .
The incident worried the motorist so much that she considered getting out of her car and running towards the suspect vehicle, but then the line of traffic started to move.
The retiree says no detective contacted her after she reported the information.
Thames Valley Police said they took “appropriate” action regarding the woman’s reports and declined to release further details.