A body found close to the M5 in Worcestershire was last night identified as teenager Jade Tyler.
The 16-year-old’s body was found on land near to Pershore Lane 200 yards from junction six of the M5 near Worcester shortly before 12.40pm on Thursday.
Jade had gone missing from the family home in Carnforth Drive, Worcester, and was last seen in the A&E department at Worcestershire Royal Hospital on December 27.
Her family, who had been concerned about her behaviour prior to her disappearance, are said to be devastated.
A West Mercia Police spokesman said: “The body has been formally identified as Jade Tyler.
“At this stage the death is not being treated as suspicious.”
A post-mortem has proved inconclusive but detectives are set to continue investigations once further tests have been done.
Police immediately closed Pershore Lane following the discovery and forensic teams ordered the temporary closure of nearby roads and a stretch of the hard shoulder on the M5 while they conducted a painstaking search of land next to the south-bound carriageway.
Jade’s disappearance prompted West Mercia Police to launch a high-profile search across Worcestershire.
Jade, who was unemployed, was extremely popular and well-known at Christopher Whitehead Language College in Worcester.
Anyone who saw her during the time of her disappearance is asked to contact police on 0300 333 3000. Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.