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Girl Found In Grave: Cause Of Death Revealed
A teenager found dead in a freshly disturbed grave died from "pressure to the neck", police have said.
The body of 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson was discovered in the Great Western Cemetery in Didcot, Oxfordshire, in December.
Her ex-boyfriend Ben Blakeley, 22, has been charged with murder and perverting the course of justice.
Toxicology tests were ordered after an initial post-mortem examination was inconclusive.
"Those results have now been received and Thames Valley Police can confirm that the cause of death is consistent with pressure to the neck," a police spokesman said.
The Oxford teen was last seen leaving Didcot railway station on December 3.
Police were led to the graveyard by "significant" information. Some 100 officers searched for her body.
Blakeley, of Christchurch Road in Reading, is due to appear at Oxford Crown Court for a plea hearing on March 17.
A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with perverting the course of justice by allegedly helping to dispose of Jayden's body and other evidence.
A third person, a 48-year-old woman from Didcot, was also arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and has been bailed.
Meanwhile, the Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating whether Thames Valley Police's response to Jayden's was "appropriate and proportionate in the circumstances".
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