Jayden Parkinson: body found in 'recently disturbed grave'

Police discover body believed to be the missing teenager in churchyard cemetery in Didcot

LAST UPDATED AT 09:26 ON Thu 19 Dec 2013

POLICE believe they have found the body of missing teenager Jayden Parkinson in an Oxfordshire graveyard. Officers had been carrying out an extensive search for the 17-year-old, who was last seen at Didcot railway station on 3 December. 

A tip-off earlier this week led them to the graveyard of All Saints' Church in Didcot, Oxfordshire. Last night, they confirmed that a body – which is yet to be formally identified – was found "in a recently disturbed grave".

Officers and forensic scientists continued to work at the cemetery throughout the night and, according to the BBC, a house nearby has also been sealed off by police.

Jayden's family are said to be "heartbroken and devastated" following the discovery. Detective Chief Inspector Andy Murray, of Thames Valley Police, said: "We had prepared Jayden's family for the worst, but I'm afraid nothing can prepare you for the loss of your child."

Jayden's ex-boyfriend, Ben Blakeley, 22, from Reading, has been charged with her murder and perverting the course of justice. He is due to appear at Oxford Crown Court for a plea hearing on 17 March 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 3 December and 10 December by assisting in the disposal of Jayden's body and other evidence.

More than 100 officers and detectives have 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 Jayden.

During the course of the police investigation it had been suggested Jayden may have been pregnant at the time of her disappearance. However, Murray had previously said they "had no way of confirming whether this is correct or not".= · 

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RIP - her family must be absolutely devastated - words cannot describe this horror at this, of all, time of year.

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