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A HAMPSHIRE town has been left in shock after the body of a young woman was discovered close to several family homes.

Residents awoke in a well-used part of Romsey yesterday (Friday) morning to find forensic officers combing a wooded area next to a bus stop on the busy Woodley Road.

Several police officers were also at the scene, near to the newly-built Abbotswood Estate, following the discovery of the 19-year-old at 6.13am.

Police cordoned off the area of woodland, opposite Cavendish Close, so examiners could carry out their investigations.

Nevertheless, after more than four hours, police officers left the scene and a spokeswoman confirmed the death is being treated as non-suspicious.

She added: “Officers attended the scene and investigations into the exact circumstances of her death are ongoing.

“Next of kin have been informed and are being supported by officers."

The identity of the woman has not been released.

Police could also not confirm where exactly the young woman was found, after suggestions on social media that she was discovered on a bench.

Several passers-by to the scene offered their condolences to the young woman's family following the announcement of the tragic news.

Samantha Childs, of Cupernham, spoke of her shock.

"I cannot stop thinking about what her family must be feeling," she said.

"My son is only young, but I couldn't imagine losing him in such a way. I think, as a town, we need to be strong for her friends and family, even though we don't know who she is."

A fellow resident, who did not want to be named, said: “It is very upsetting that something like this has happened on our doorstep.

“I have a daughter of similar age and I cannot even imagine what this girl’s parents are feeling. My thoughts are with them.”

Another local added: “It is always hard when something like this happens, especially to someone so young. Rest in peace.”

Other residents took to social media to offer their thoughts and prayers.

One said: "Thoughts are with the poor family at this sad time."

While another added: "Heartbreaking! Poor, poor girl. Love and strength to her family and friends."