Man charged with murder of teenager found in pond next to historic castle

A man was tonight charged with the murder of an 18-year-old girl found in a pond next to an historic castle.

Lily Sullivan, 18, was found in the beauty spot ponds in the shadow of Pembroke Castle in West Wales in the early hours of Friday morning.

Lewis Haines, 31, of Lamphey, Pembrokeshire, has been charged with her murder.

Police say Haines will appear at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

In tribute, her parents said: "Lily was a kind and caring daughter who will be deeply missed by everyone.

"The family are very thankful to all of Lily’s friends for their support.”

Detectives have appealed for information over Lily's death as they try to pinpoint her final movements.

Lily is believed to have been out with friends in the west Wales town from about 7.30pm on Thursday night and officers want to speak to anyone who may have seen her.

Detective Supt Paul Jones, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has contacted police with information, which is helping us build a picture of what happened to Lily.

"I would also like to thank the community for their support as the investigation continues.”

Her body was recovered from Pembroke Mill Pond - a popular area for tourists visiting the traditional market town - at around 4am.

A large cordon set up around the ponds has now been removed.

Dyfed Powys Police said Lily was out with friends in the town from around 7.30pm Thursday.

They said Lily was wearing a white cropped top, blue jeans with ripped knees, white belt and black patent boots. She had a spider tattoo visible on her chest, and had black hair, which was bleached at the front.

The spokesman added: "Her family is being supported by specialist officers."

Police previously said they were not looking for anyone else as part of their investigation.

In an online tribute, friend Menna Williams wrote: "I will never forget our times together growing up, it feels like yesterday.

"The moments you shared with us all will always speak of the great person that you were. May you rest in peace Lily Sullivan.”


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