POLICE have confirmed that a body discovered in a quiet Cheshire village on Friday, December 13, has been identified as that of missing 15-year-old teenager Alex Rodda.
His body was discovered on Ashley Mill Lane in Ashley near Hale, England, shortly before 8am yesterday as officers are working to establish the circumstances surrounding the young boy’s death. His failure to return home from school caused deep concern in the community.
Police have also confirmed that they have arrested an 18-year-old man from Knutsford on suspicion of murder. As Euro Weekly News understands, the man remains in custody for questioning.
Alex’s family have been informed of the tragic news and are being supported by specialist officers. Detective Chief Inspector Simon Blackwell, of Cheshire Constabulary’s Major Crime Directorate has said:
“Our thoughts are with Alex’s family at this extremely difficult time. They are currently being supported by specialist officers and we request for their privacy to be respected.
“We are in the very early stages of our investigation into Alex’s death, which we are treating as a murder.
“I would like to reassure the community that this is believed to be an isolated incident and we are doing everything we can to establish exactly what has taken place.
“Various enquiries are ongoing and we are appealing for anyone with any information or footage that may be relevant to our investigation to get in touch.”
This morning a police cordon was in place while forensic officers combed the nearby woodland area. A section of the road off Ashley Mill Lane, which runs through an area of fields and thick woodland, remains closed off.
Anyone with information, CCTV or dashcam footage in the UK that may be able to help the investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 587226.