POLICE are investigating after two youths were found dead in a nature reserve.
Officers were called to Bothenhampton Nature Reserve in Bothenhampton near Bridport on Tuesday morning, where sadly the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered.
Dorset Police say there are no suspicious circumstances.
The families have been informed and the coroner has been notified.
Bridport Mayor Ian Bark said he was shocked to hear the news and offered his condolences to the families.
He said: “My condolences go out to the friends and families of these young people.
“It is very sad to hear that two people so young have died.”
The discovery was made in the reservoir area at the southern end of the reserve.
Joe Hackett, a resident of Bothenhampton, said: “It’s an awful thing happening and we’ve never seen anything like it here.
“It’s very upsetting and the community can’t believe what happened.
“It’s the last thing you would expect in such a quiet community.
“It will probably leave the region reeling for some time as there have only been rumors about what happened. Our community has not had confirmation.”
A Dorset Police spokeswoman said: “At 10.11am on Tuesday January 25 we received a report of two people, a girl and a man – both in their late teens, having been found dead at Wych Hill.
“To be precise, the location given was Bothenhampton Reservoir, Wych Hill.
“Officers were present. There are no suspicious circumstances.
“Their next of kin have been informed and the coroner notified.”