Body found on country lane is named as missing 15-year-old Alex Rodda as man, 18, is arrested for murder
- Alex Rodda’s body was discovered in a village in Cheshire on Friday morning
- The family of the 15-year-old have been informed and are being supported
- 18-year-old man from Knutsford has been arrested and remains in custody
Police have named a suspected murder victim whose body was found in a village in Cheshire as Alex Rodda.
An 18-year-old man has also been arrested for murder after the body of the 15-year-old was found on a country lane.
Alex’s body was discovered on Friday morning on Ashley Mill Lane, close to the border of Hale.
The family of the youngster have been informed and are currently being supported by specialist officers from Cheshire police.
An 18-year-old man from Knutsford remains in custody for questioning and has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Police cars are pictured above lined up along the road after a body was discovered on Friday morning
Police have today named the suspected murder victim as Alex Rodda. A police cordon is above
Officers are currently working to understand the circumstanced around the boy’s death and Detective Chief Inspector Simon Blackwell, of Cheshire Constabulary’s Major Crime Directorate, said: ‘Our thoughts are with Alex’s family at this extremely difficult time.
‘They are currently being supported by specialist officers and we request for their privacy to be respected.
‘We are in the very early stages of our investigation into Alex’s death, which we are treating as a murder.
Forensic officers were pictured above on Friday combing the woodland area for clues
‘I would like to reassure the community that this is believed to be an isolated incident and we are doing everything we can to establish exactly what has taken place.
‘Various enquiries are ongoing and we are appealing for anyone with any information or footage that may be relevant to our investigation to get in touch.’
This morning a police cordon remained in place while investigators remained at the scene, as forensic officers combed the nearby woodland area.
Pictured is the entry to Ashley Mill Lane in Ashley
A section of the road off Ashley Mill Lane – which runs through an area of fields and thick woodland – remains closed off.
The Cheshire village sits below Hale and Bowdon in neighbouring Trafford.
Friends and family members rushed to social media to pay tribute to the teenager with many commenting ‘rest in peace’.
Others said it was a ‘cruel world’ and that he would be ‘truly missed’.
Anyone with information or CCTV or dashcam footage that may help the investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 587226, give the details via https://www.cheshire.police.uk or contact
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.