Detectives have issued an urgent appeal to trace a man in connection with the disappearance of a teenager who is believed to have been murdered.

Hertfordshire Police said 22-year-old Jack Wall, from Stevenage, was being sought by officers investigating the disappearance of a woman aged in her late teens.

Wall, of Hadrian's Walk, is thought to be blind in one eye and is described as having a distinctive squint. The missing woman, who has not been named but is known to be from Stevenage, was last seen on Wednesday.

Detective Chief Inspector Tim Redfearn, from the joint Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire Major Crime Unit, said: "We have reason to believe that the missing woman has been murdered and we'd urgently like to speak with Jack Wall in connection with the inquiry. It is likely he may be in the Stevenage area, but he could be further afield."

DCI Redfearn, who is leading the inquiry, added: "I would urge anyone who has information about his whereabouts to call police as a matter of urgency.

"I'd also like to appeal directly to Jack. If you are reading this, please go to Stevenage or your nearest police station to speak with officers."

As part of the inquiry, detectives and scene-of-crime specialists are examining a property in Hadrian's Walk. Witnesses who may have seen suspicious activity at the address between Wednesday and Friday are also being asked to come forward.

Mr Redfearn said: "We've been speaking with residents in Hadrian's Walk but I would like to hear from anyone who has been in the area between these times and believes they may have seen or heard any suspicious activity to make contact with police.

"We would also like to appeal to anyone who may have witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in a white Citroen Berlingo, registration R389 VDP, in the Stevenage area since Wednesday. Any information, however small could prove vital to our investigation."

Meanwhile, a 41-year-old man from the local area has been arrested in connection with the investigation and is in police custody.