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  • 20 December 2013, 19:18

Jayden Parkinson: Body Is Formally Identified

A body found in a grave in Oxfordshire has been formally identified as that of 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson.

Thames Valley Police said identification had now been made but post-mortem results remained inconclusive and tests were ongoing.

The teenager's body was found in a grave at All Saints' Church in Didcot, Oxfordshire.

Jayden's ex-boyfriend Ben Blakeley, 22, appeared in court earlier this week charged with her murder.

Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Murray, said Jayden's family "remain heartbroken and devastated".

Jayden's father Paul Parkinson paid tribute to her in a brief message posted on Facebook.

He wrote: "Good nite baby girl I will miss you so much I love you always xxxxxxxx."

The teenager, who had recently moved to Oxford, was last seen leaving Didcot railway station on December 3.

Officers previously issued an appeal for information about a man seen struggling with a suitcase just outside Upton at about 2am on December 9.

A search of farmland on the outskirts of the village took place following the sighting.

Officers said the same man was seen with the same suitcase in the Lydalls Road area of Didcot - where All Saints is located - at about 3.30am the same day.

Detectives have since recovered several suitcases, one of which "may well be significant".

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

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