Appeal to establish the circumstances surrounding the deaths of teenagers in Dorset

Police are appealing for information to try to establish events leading to the deaths of two teenagers found at a Dorset beauty spot.

The bodies of a 17-year-old girl and an 18-year-old boy were found at Bothenhampton Reservoir, near Bridport, on the morning of January 25.

The deaths are being treated as not suspicious, Dorset Police said, but investigators are now trying to establish the circumstances on behalf of the coroner.

The force are now looking for anyone who may have seen the two teenagers in the Bridport or West Bay area between Saturday January 22 and Tuesday January 25.

The male is described as white, about 5ft 7in, of slim build, and with short, dark hair, a short beard, and brown eyes.

He wore brown lace-up boots, light gray sweatpants, a dark T-shirt, and a navy Parka-style hooded jacket with a brown patch on the left arm.

The female is described as white, about 5ft 5in, of slim build with shoulder length dark brown hair and brown eyes.

She wore black and white sneakers, light gray tracksuit bottoms, a navy Puffa-style jacket and a pink scarf.

Detective Sergeant Simon Lee, of Dorset Police, said: ‘Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the two young people who tragically died.

“As is normal in these cases, we are now conducting inquests on behalf of the coroner’s office to establish the circumstances of the deaths.

“Therefore, we are appealing for information from the public to help us piece together the movements of the two youths prior to their tragic deaths.”

He said they might be carrying a pale green Nike bag.

DS Lee added: ‘Anyone who thinks they can help with our investigations is asked to contact Dorset Police.

The identities of the individuals are not being released until an inquest is formally opened by a coroner at the request of the families, Dorset Police said.

The force approached the Independent Police Complaints Office (IOPC) for deaths from previous contact with the individuals.

The IOPC Fund said on Thursday: ‘We are currently assessing the available information to determine what further action may be required from us.

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