A 13-year-old girl found dead in woodland in Southampton was stabbed, police have confirmed.
Officers have appealed for anyone who found a sharp object in the area where Lucy McHugh’s body was found on Thursday near Southampton Sports Centre to get in touch.
The teenager was last seen at her home on Wednesday morning and was reported missing, before being found by a member of the public the next morning.
A 24-year-old man from Southampton, arrested on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with a child, remains in custody.
Hampshire Police said on Sunday that Lucy died from stab wounds.
Appealing for anyone who had since found a “sharp implement”, they said: “We cannot say at this stage whether this is a knife, scissors or other bladed implement.
“Even if someone has put an item in a bin, we will try and recover it.”
Detective Superintendent Paul Barton reiterated the force’s appeal to the public with any information about Lucy’s last movements to contact them, but urged people not to speculate online.
“We know how shocked the community is and understand that emotions are running high.
“However we ask people not to speculate on social media – it is unhelpful to the investigation and to Lucy’s family.
“Please allow us to do our job and find out what happened to Lucy.”
Images of type of clothing worn by Lucy McHugh before her death in #Southampton. Did you see Lucy between 9.30am, Wed 25 Jul & 7.45am on Thurs? Keen to hear from anyone who has found a sharp implement, particularly in the area around the Sports Centre. https://t.co/L7HRigXIiepic.twitter.com/QcoaEjzGsE
— Hampshire Police (@HantsPolice) July 29, 2018
The teenager was last seen wearing a distinctive black jacket with white sleeves, with the logo for the band Falling In Reverse on the front and RADKE 01 in red on the back.
She also wore camouflage leggings, a white vest top and black and white trainers.
The force has released images of the type of clothing she was wearing.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting 44180282545.