A CONVICTED paedophile who lived at the house where cops searching for Leah Croucher found human remains once appeared on a national crime TV show.
The paedo lived at the property 10 minutes away from Leah's home – but he was no longer there in February 2019, when Leah vanished on her way to work.
It can now be revealed that the paedophile appeared on a national crime TV show. It was not in connection to Leah's disappearance.
Cops had knocked on the door of the empty property in Loxbeare Drive, Milton Keynes, Bucks, three years ago during their house-to-house probe following her disappearance.
Human remains – feared to be Leah's – were found in the £500k property, cops revealed yesterday.
A rucksack and personal items belonging to the 19-year-old were also found after cops received a tip-off and began searching the property on Monday.
Leah walked past it every day and is 500 yards from where she was last seen.
Locals say the property has been empty since 2019.
A previous resident was jailed in 2017 for sexual offences against two teenagers over a two-year period.
The paedophile's dad said the family moved out of the house years before Leah vanished, but they were aware of her disappearance.
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His mother told The Times she had "not seen him for years".
It is understood the property is owned by a Kuwaiti businesswoman who let it out but she has no connection to the current police inquiry.
Cleaners are understood to have been working upstairs when they spotted the hidden remains, sparking a police search of the house.
Jill Davey, who lives close to the house, said: “Leah used to walk past the house every day. I would see her walking to work.
“It just sickens me. The police were meant to have searched all the houses around here, but they obviously didn’t do their job properly.”
Leah was last seen on CCTV just after 8.15am on February 15, 2019, as she headed to her job at a finance company.
The taekwondo fan was described by loved ones as “very quiet” and “not really an outgoing type of person”, preferring to read fantasy fiction or watch DVDs in her room to nights out at the pub.
Nine months after Leah’s disappearance, her heartbroken brother Hayden Croucher, 24, was discovered by his mother and sister Jade hanged at his flat and later died in hospital.
In a statement on the anniversary of Leah’s disappearance last February, her parents posted on social media: “Each day is torture. Each day feels like an eternity of pain and despair.”
Det Chief Supt Ian Hunter said: “Following a call to police on Monday, we attended an address and located items of concern within the property.
“We are dealing with a very difficult scene but we can now confirm that we have discovered a number of items that are linked to Leah, and as such, we have now launched a murder investigation.
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“Leah’s family have been kept updated and continue to be supported by officers.”
A Thames Valley Police spokesperson said: “This is a complex and challenging scene. We will continue to be at the scene for a significant period of time.”
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