Body parts were found in a home Monday night as police were investigating the disappearance of Becky Watts, the 16-year-old English girl who was reported missing on Feb. 20, according to police and Sky News. Police did not definitively say that the body parts belonged to Becky, but they called the discovery “devastating news.”
The body parts were discovered after police followed up on a tip that led them to a house in Bristol, England, the same city where Becky lived with her family. “The information suggested that Becky’s body had been cut up and a search at the new location resulted in the discovery of body parts,” Mike Courtiour, detective superintendent for the Avon and Somerset Police, said in a statement released Tuesday. “Although formal identification procedures have not yet been completed, we have made Becky’s family aware of this discovery.”
Becky’s mother, grandmother and brother released a statement, saying they were “devastated to be told of this latest development,” according to the BBC. "We are at an utter loss to understand why anyone would want to hurt our beautiful Becky in such a brutal way,” they said. "Whilst there are people in custody, none of whom are connected to the Watts family, we will not be making any further comment and we ask that our privacy is respected at this horrific time."
Five people -- four men and a woman – were arrested on “suspicion of assisting an offender,” Courtiour said. Meanwhile, another man and woman who were arrested in connection with Becky’s murder on Feb. 28 were rearrested on those charges on Tuesday. “This is devastating news for Becky’s family and friends and our thoughts are with them. We will continue to offer every support we can to them during this terrible ordeal,” Courtiour said.
Becky was reported missing by her family after she left her Bristol home on Feb. 19 with her phone, laptop and tablet but not a change of clothing, according to Sky News. In late February, authorities said there was no reason to believe Becky was the victim of foul play, but they made initial arrests in the case two days later.