Police searching for a missing boy following a fire in Parbold have found a body.
Emergency services were called around 3pm on Sunday (January 29) to Fairhurst Hall, Chorley Road after a fire at a barn.
Following the fire, Louis Simpson, 14, from Parbold, was reported missing.
After an extensive search of the area a body was recovered from the barn last night (January 30). While yet to be formally identified, the body is sadly believed to be Louis.
Louis’ family have been informed this morning and they are being supported by specially trained officers. Our thoughts are with them at this time.
Enquiries are continuing to establish what has happened and what caused the fire, however at this stage there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.
A post mortem examination will be carried out to try to establish the cause of death and a file will be passed to the coroner in due course.
In a tribute, Louis’ parents said: