A body believed to be that of missing teenager Jayden Parkinson has been found buried in a grave.
Thames Valley Police said the body was discovered in a recently-disturbed site in the cemetery of All Saints' Church, Didcot, Oxfordshire.
Her ex-boyfriend Ben Blakeley, 22, appeared in court earlier this week charged with killing 17-year-old Jayden.
A formal identification of the body has yet to take place, but the girl's family has been informed and is being supported by specialist officers.
A statement issued last night said: "Thames Valley Police can confirm that we have found a body in a recently disturbed grave in the cemetery of All Saints Church, Didcot.
"The body is believed to be that of missing teenager Jayden Parkinson.
"A formal identification has yet to take place.
"Jayden's family has been informed and is being supported by specially trained officers.
"Our thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult and distressing time."
Officers and forensic scientists were due to work at the cemetery through the night and are expected to remain on site today.
The discovery comes after an inquiry team of more than 100 officers and detectives, backed by specialists from the National Crime Agency, spent much of the past week carrying out intensive forensic searches at several sites in and around Didcot and the nearby village of Upton in a bid to find missing girl.
On Tuesday, the man leading the investigation, Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Murray, said police had received "significant and highly relevant information'' which led police to focus their efforts on a specific grave in the churchyard.
A careful search at the site of the grave was carried out throughout yesterday.
The teenager, who had recently moved to Oxford, was last seen leaving Didcot railway station at 4.27pm on December 3.
Police said there was "no indication" she was still alive, revealing Jayden had not used her mobile phone or accessed her bank account in the days since she had been reported missing.
Officers had previously issued an appeal for information about a man seen struggling with a suitcase just outside the village of Upton, at about 2am on Monday, December 9.
A painstaking search of farmland on the outskirts of the village took place, following reports of that sighting.
Officers said the same man was seen with the same suitcase in the Lydalls Road area of Didcot - where All Saints is located - at about 3.30am the same day.
Detectives have since recovered several suitcases, one of which "may well be significant'', according to Mr Murray.
Police also confirmed that during the course of their investigation it had been suggested Jayden may have been pregnant at the time of her disappearance.
In a post on Facebook on December 15, Jayden's mother Samantha Shrewsbury, wrote: "My baby, my princess, my heart is so heavy baby girl.
"I just want to see you walk through my door with a 'ta-dar'.
"I need you little lady, my heart feels so empty without you you know."
Jayden's former partner Blakeley, of Christchurch Road, Reading, Berkshire, has been charged with her murder and perverting the course of justice and is due to appear at Oxford Crown Court for a plea hearing on March 17 next year.
A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has also been charged with perverting the course of justice between December 3 and December 10 by assisting in the disposal of Jayden's body and other evidence.