Jayden Parkinson: murder charge over missing teenager

Officers still searching for 17-year-old girl from Oxford who disappeared almost two weeks ago

LAST UPDATED AT 10:31 ON Mon 16 Dec 2013

A 22-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with the murder of missing teenager Jayden Parkinson, who was last seen almost two weeks ago. 

Ben Blakeley, of Christchurch Road, Reading, was charged late last night with her murder and with perverting the course of justice, Thames Valley Police have said. He is due to appear at Oxford Magistrates' Court today. A 17-year-old boy, who was also arrested on suspicion of murder, remains in police custody.

According to The Guardian, Jayden, 17, had moved out of her family home in Didcot to a homeless hostel in Oxford a few weeks before she vanished. She had not used her mobile phone or bank account since going missing, which led detectives to believe she may have been killed.

More than 100 police officers, backed by helicopters and police dogs, are still searching for her in Oxfordshire and Berkshire. The public have been asked not to carry out their own searches in case it endangers the police investigations.

Detectives announced on Saturday that they wanted to speak to a man seen struggling with a suitcase in a field in Upton at 2am on 9 December. He was described as white, aged about 20, about 5ft 7in (1.7m) tall with a slim or medium build and short dark hair. Police said the suitcase was "large, it was heavy, it was difficult to manage and that man was having difficulty removing that suitcase from that area".

Officers have been sifting a grassy area of wasteland in the Lydalls Road area of Didcot. Residential addresses have also been searched and a recycling bin was removed for examination.

Jayden was last seen on 3 December when she is believed to have walked up Oxford's High Street through the town centre before arriving at the train station at 4.07pm. She then boarded a train to Didcot and was last seen on CCTV leaving Didcot Parkway railway station, in south Oxfordshire, at 4.30pm. · 

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