A family have paid tribute to their ‘princess’ after a Dudley man was charged in connection with her death.
A man has been charged with preventing a lawful burial following the discovery of the body of a 17-year-old girl.
Ashley Foster, 24, was charged after the remains of a girl police believe to be Megan Louise Bills was found at a property in Brierley Hill, West Midlands, on Thursday.
The teenager’s cause of death is not yet known and police said a post-mortem carried out on Saturday was “inconclusive”.
Foster, of Highgate Road, Brierley Hill, is due to appear at Dudley Magistrates’ Court later.
In a statement, Miss Bills’ family said they were “devastated by the loss of our daughter, whose life has so unnecessarily been cut short”.
They said: “Whilst nothing can fill the huge gap in our family life that Megan’s passing has left we trust that in time we will have answers that will help us understand why this dreadful event has occurred.
“We would request that we are left alone to grieve at this emotional time. Rest in peace princess.”
Detective inspector Caroline Corfield appealed for anyone with information to call 101.
She said: “Our hearts go out to Megan’s family as they come to terms with this dreadful news and they have asked that they are given the privacy to do so.
“Our investigation is continuing as we work to establish the circumstances of Megan’s death so that we can provide her family with the answers they need.”