Dorset Police has referred itself to an independent policing watchdog after two teenagers were found dead at Bothenhampton Reservoir, near Bridport.
The two teenagers, a male aged 18 and female aged 17 were found on the morning of January 25th at around 10.11am by a dog walker.
Police officers attended and found no suspicious circumstances. Police are now appealing for any information that may help the investigation.
Detective Sergeant Simon Lee of Dorset Police say “We are particularly interested to find out whether anyone has seen them in the Bridport and West Bay area between Saturday 22 January 2022 and Tuesday 25 January 2022″.
Dorset Police said that both the teenagers families have been notified.
A spokesperson for the force said “Dorset Police has made a mandatory referral to the IOPC in line with procedures related to the death or serious injury of an individual.”
The Independent Office for Police Conduct, investigate the most serious and sensitive incidents and allegations involving the police in England and Wales.
According to their website, by law police forces must refer certain matters to them if they include:
- certain complaints made to the force, such as those about serious assault or allegation of serious corruption.
- indications that police officers or staff have committed misconduct
- if someone had direct or indirect contact with the police before or when they were seriously injured, or before they died. However, forces only need to refer those cases where the contact may have caused or contributed to the injury or death.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220014243.