Police officers investigating the murder of Leah Croucher are knocking on the same hundreds of doors as they did almost four years ago, immediately after she disappeared.
This time, homeowners are again being asked if they saw anything suspicious on the morning of February 15, 2019.
Convicted sex offender Maxwell was the only person believed to have keys to the Furzton house where Leah’s body was found, number 2 Loxbeare Drive.
He was a property maintenance worker, he was employed by the overseas owner and it was one of a number of houses he looked after all over MK. Friends have claimed he used subcontractors when he couldn’t do all the work himself.
The 49-year-old hanged himself from a rubbish bin in Campbell Park in April 2019, two months after Leah went missing. He wrote a polite note on the outside of the cupboard warning people not to open the door and call the police.
Now they have shifted their attention to house to house inquiries on the Furzton property and surrounding areas.
“They asked me lots of questions,” said one homeowner. “There were all the same questions they had asked all that time ago when Leah first disappeared, but this time there were questions added about Neil Maxwell.
“They asked if I had ever seen him, if he had ever done any work for me, or if I knew anyone who had employed him. They were really very thorough.”
The homeowner says he was told officers had been called in from another force to assist with the investigations.
Thames Valley Police is now appealing to the wider public for help and information.
A spokesman said: “We are continuing to investigate the murder of Leah Croucher following the discovery of her body on 10 October 2022.
“Officers are making house-to-house inquiries in and around the Furzton area of Milton Keynes and would again appeal to anyone who believes they knew Neil Maxwell or knew of his whereabouts between November 2018 and April 2019 to get in touch.”
He added: “Similarly if anyone had maintenance carried out on him or witnessed any activity that was out of the ordinary in the Furzton area, specifically on the 14th or 15th of February 2019 just before and the days after Leah went missing on the 15th of February 2019, then contact the police.
“Any piece of information, no matter how insignificant you think it is, could prove vital to our investigation.
“You can call Thames Valley Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously quoting ‘Operation Innsbruck’ or reference number 43220455669.”
Senior investigating officer Detective Constable Kevin Brown, the head of the Major Crime Unit, previously said: “Our inquiries into Leah’s murder will leave no stone unturned and we owe it to Leah’s family to ensure we find the truth.”