Body of ‘murdered’ teen found in woods after calling to say he’d be home soon

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A body has been found in the search for a missing teenager in East Sussex.

Marc Williams, 18, had not been seen since the weekend, prompting a huge search operation.

He had told his family he was on his way home at about 11.30pm after a night out in the Maresfield area, but never returned.

Yesterday a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder, and is still being questioned.

Today police confirmed the heartbreaking news that search teams had located a body in woodland surrounding the Heron’s Ghyll area late last night.

A Sussex Police statement said: “While the body has not been formally identified at this early stage, it is sadly believed to be Marc.

“Next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course.”

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Vickers said: “This is an absolutely devastating discovery and our thoughts are with Marc’s family at this difficult time.

“His family are being supported by specially trained officers and we ask that their privacy is respected.

“This investigation is a dynamic and fast-moving enquiry and our officers are working around the clock to establish the circumstances of this incident.

“I am extremely grateful to our respective police teams for their unwavering commitment to finding Marc.

“We thank the public for their patience and understanding as we continue to carry out our work in the area and urge people to support us by avoiding engaging in online speculation while we investigate.

“Anyone with information that may assist with our investigation is urged to report it to us immediately online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Skittle.”