A body found in a disturbed Oxfordshire grave is believed to be former Pendle schoolgirl Jayden Parkinson.
The 17-year-old, who had moved from Pendle in Year 8 to live with her mum, had been last seen at Didcot Railway Station on December 3rd.
More than 100 officers and detectives were assigned to the case of the ex-pupil of Colne Primet High School, now Central Pendle Academy. And on Wednesday Thames Valley Police confirmed that a body, believed to be Jayden’s, had been found in the cemetery of All Saints Church, Didcot. A formal identification had not taken place yesterday morning.
In a statement police said: “Officers and forensic scientists will continue to work at the cemetery.
“Jayden’s family has been informed and is being supported by specially trained officers.
“Our thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult and distressing time.
Jayden’s ex-boyfriend Ben Blakeley, of Christchurch Road, Reading, has been charged with her murder and perverting the course of justice.
And a 17-year-old Didcot boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has also been charged with perverting the course of justice.
Rumours have been circulating that Jayden may have been pregnant, but these have not been confirmed.
A “RIP Jayden Parkinson” Facebook page has now been set up, allowing people to pay tribute to the teenager.
One user wrote: “Jayden I didn’t know you but rest in peace – it will be a horrible Christmas for your family – can’t imagine what they are going through.”
Another said: “Poor baby....God Bless and RIP. At peace now honey. Lots of love support and prayers with you and your family at this sad time xx”.
And in a touching post, one of Jayden’s friends wrote: “I can’t believe your gone, so young and so beautiful, we argued and we laughed and even cried together, rest in peace tiny pee, love you sweet dreams <3 <3 <3 zxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.”