Miller Redpath: Suffolk Police had searched home before

  • 25 October 2013
  • From the section Suffolk
Media captionMiller Redpath was reported missing two months ago

Police had twice visited the home of a missing teenager before a body was found in the garden, it has emerged.

Miller Redpath, 18, was reported missing by his mother Anastasia Miller, who last saw him on 13 August at their house in Wenhaston, Suffolk.

On Thursday a body was found in the overgrown garden of the property.

Suffolk Police has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) because of the previous visits to the home.

The body has not yet been identified and the results of a post-mortem examination have not yet been released.

The death is being treated as unexplained.

'Routine procedure'

A spokesman for Suffolk police said officers first went to Mr Redpath's home in August following a "report of a crime".

They then visited at the beginning of October and a "search of the property was carried out", the spokesman said.

He added: "Miller had not been seen since mid-August and due to concern from his mother around his well-being a missing person inquiry was launched by police on 15 October.

"As part of the missing person inquiry a further search of the address was made on 24 October when the body was discovered.

"As a matter of course this matter has been referred to the IPCC as there is a mandatory requirement to do so if there is a death or serious injury following direct or indirect police contact.

"This is a routine procedure that ensures transparency in the way incidents are responded to."

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