Ex Pendle pupil’s body ‘found in grave’

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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.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE.''Undated handout photo issued by Thames Valley Police of Jayden Parkinson as police have been given more time to question one of the two people arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the disappearance of the 17-year-old girl. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday December 14, 2013. Jayden, from Oxford, has been missing for nearly two weeks and Thames Valley Police said they are keeping "an open mind" about what has happened to her. A 22-year-old man was arrested at an address in Reading, on Thursday night. A police spokesman said officers were granted a further 12 hours to question the man, giving them until 4.30pm. A 17-year-old boy was also arrested after he attended a police station in Oxfordshire on Friday afternoon and remains in custody. Jayden was last seen in the Iffley Road area of the city in mid-afternoon on December 3 and failed to return home that evening as planned. See PA story POLICE Teenager. Photo credit should read: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire 'N

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE.''Undated handout photo issued by Thames Valley Police of Jayden Parkinson as police have been given more time to question one of the two people arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the disappearance of the 17-year-old girl. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday December 14, 2013. Jayden, from Oxford, has been missing for nearly two weeks and Thames Valley Police said they are keeping "an open mind" about what has happened to her. A 22-year-old man was arrested at an address in Reading, on Thursday night. A police spokesman said officers were granted a further 12 hours to question the man, giving them until 4.30pm. A 17-year-old boy was also arrested after he attended a police station in Oxfordshire on Friday afternoon and remains in custody. Jayden was last seen in the Iffley Road area of the city in mid-afternoon on December 3 and failed to return home that evening as planned. See PA story POLICE Teenager. Photo credit should read: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire 'N

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.”