LOUISE SUSPECTS   Married couple arrested over death of Louise Smith, 16, pictured for the first time

A MARRIED couple arrested over the death of a teenager who went missing were pictured for the first time last night.

Specialist forensic officers continue to search the home of Shane and Cjay Mays after the body of Louise Smith was found in woodland.

The pair, both 29, live minutes from the 16-year-old’s home in Havant, Hants. Their home was raided by police on Friday – a week after they were arrested and bailed on suspicion of kidnap.

Louise went missing two weeks ago on VE Day. She had been staying at the Mays’ home and is a cousin of Mrs Mays, whose full name is Chazlynn Jayne.

Last night Mr May's sister Cassie Rawlinson told The Sun that her brother would "help anyone out" - and took Louise in after social services allegedly placed her there.

Speaking from her home in Portsmouth, Hants, Ms Rawlinson said her brother "hadn't done any wrongdoing".

She added: "Shane took her in because he is kind like that. I don't think it was the first time she had stayed there either. Shane is lovely and he helps anyone out. They're both nice people and always help people who need it."

"I think police arrested them because it's their job to arrest them as the girl was living with them - to see what they had to say about it. They were the ones looking after the girl, they were the ones who reported her missing and contacted her mum, they were the ones who put it on social media asking everyone else."

A 'missing person' poster featuring Louise's name and picture had been stuck in the window of the Mays' flat - but it appeared to have been covered up by police yesterday. It comes as officers found a body in woodland in the Havant area on Thursday – a mile and a half from Louise’s home - but formal identification is yet to take place.

Neighbours of the Mays said they saw them being led away in handcuffs last week. Another said they saw a "red van" outside their block of flats - and a girl getting into the vehicle with a bag of clothes on May 8, the day Louise was last seen alive.

The neighbour said: "On VE Day I saw a red van outside the flats and a girl getting into it with bundles of clothes. I reported this to police as it didn't feel right... I can't say if it was definitely her but it was a girl around her age."

Another elderly woman living in the apartment block said: "It's such an awful business. The couple were very quiet, they kept themselves to themselves and I didn't see them much. For something like this to happen so close to me is so frightening - this is usually a good block."

Twenty five bouquets of flowers have now been laid at the entrance to Havant Thicket - a dense woodland where the tragic teenager’s body was found. Family friend Jackie Meredith laid a bouquet yesterday and urged police to find Louise’s killer.

Mrs Meredith said: "She was a really lovely young girl and her family were lovely too. She was just your typical teenager, she was a bubbly and funny girl. You could chat to her easily, she was a charming young girl and was always friendly to people."

"She was very popular and had lots of friends, she had a large circle of them. She was a bit girly like teenage girls are, I really can't express how lovely she was. What has happened is disgusting, it's just so sad. I really hope the police find out what happened to her, whatever it was."

"We need to know; we all need to know as we live here. Her parents of course need to know, but we as a community need to know. It is all such a shame. She had her whole life ahead of her. I just hope the police find out what has happened and who did it."

Mrs Meredith said she believed Louise had a boyfriend and had finished school. One Havant local claimed she was studying A-levels at nearby South Downs College.