Man charged after body of teenage girl found

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A man has been charged with preventing a lawful burial after the body of a teenage girl was discovered.

Ashley Foster, 24, was charged after the remains of a 17-year-old girl who police believe to be Megan Louise Bills, from Stourbridge, West Midlands, was found in nearby Brierley Hill on Thursday.

West Midlands Police, who said the charge followed Crown Prosecution Service advice, have informed Miss Bills' next of kin.

Foster, of Highgate Road, Dudley, West Midlands, is due to appear at Dudley Magistrates Court later.

In a statement, released through police, the girl's family said: "We are devastated by the loss of our daughter, whose life has so unnecessarily been cut short.

"We appreciate the support we have been given by our family, friends and the police.

"Whilst nothing can fill the huge gap in our family life that Megan's passing has left we trust that in time we will have answers that will help us understand why this dreadful event has occurred.

"We would request that we are left alone to grieve at this emotional time.

"Rest in peace princess."

Detective Inspector Caroline Corfield, the investigating officer, said: "Our hearts go out to Megan's family as they come to terms with this dreadful news and they have asked that they are given the privacy to do so.

"Our investigation is continuing as we work to establish the circumstances of Megan's death so that we can provide her family with the answers they need.

"I would ask anyone with information about Megan's last known movements to come forward."