LEAH Croucher has been missing for three years – with the disappearance of the 19-year-old leaving her family devastated.
But in a breakthrough in the case, human remains have since been found in the search for the vanished teen this week.
The remains, which are yet to be identified, were found at a property in Loxbeare Drive, Furzton.
But tragically in the three years since Leah disappeared, her family have been left heartbroken with her brother taking his own life just months after she vanished.
Who was Leah Croucher's brother Haydon?
Leah has two half siblings, Haydon, 24, and Jade, 26.
Haydon was from Milton Keynes and he and Leah shared a dad – John Croucher.
The 19-year-old's siblings were heartbroken following their younger sister's disappearance.
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However, months after she went missing, the Croucher family were hit with a new heartbreak, as Leah's older brother, Haydon, tragically took his own life.
What happened to Leah Croucher's brother Haydon?
The 24-year-old ended his life after being tortured by not knowing what happened to his younger sister.
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Haydon was found just one day before the nine month anniversary of his sister's disappearance.
He was found in his flat in November 2019 by his mum, Tracey Furness.
His grieving mum criticised the state of mental health services in the UK after her son passed away.
She explained that her son already had a long history of mental health issues before his sister went missing in February 2019.
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Furness explained that her son had tried to seek help for his mental health issues but was told there were no local beds and was put on a home treatment plan instead.
The 24-year-old was discharged to his house, after being told he could not be accommodated by the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.
Two days after he was discharged, Haydon ended his life.
"Haydon wasn't offered a bed, the Mental Health Act as an option wasn't explored – Haydon could have been sectioned," his mother said.
"I am angry. I do believe had Haydon received the appropriate care and support, Haydon would be here today," she continued.
Furness is now dedicated to campaigning for better mental health services in the UK, explaining that she does not want her son to have "died in vain".
The 24-year-old's older sister, Jade, posted a tribute to her brother, writing: "Haydon, Me Mum and Dad held onto your hand until the very last moment but we will hold you in our hearts forever!"
Who are Leah Croucher's parents?
Leah's parents, Claire and John Croucher are from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
The pair reported their daughter missing after she failed to return home from work on the evening on February 15, 2019.
The heartbroken parents campaigned tirelessly to try and find their daughter since her disappearance in 2019.
They appealed for anyone with any information to come forward and the Thames Valley police revealed that there would be a £10,000 reward for any information about Leah’s whereabouts.
On October 12, 2022, the police found human remains in a flat less than a mile away from the Croucher's home.
Her parents have been informed of the discovery.
If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans (free) on 116123
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