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  • 14 December 2013, 14:44

Missing Jayden: More Time To Question Man

Police have been given more time to question a man who was arrested on suspicion of the murder of a teenager who went missing earlier this month.

Jayden Parkinson, from Oxford, was last seen leaving Didcot Parkway train station at 4.27pm on December 3 - and did not return home that evening as planned.

Officers from Thames Valley Police were given a further 12 hours to question a 22-year-old man in connection with her disappearance.

A 17-year-old boy has also been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

Police said the 22-year-old, who is from Reading, Berkshire, is in a relationship with Jayden.

Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Murray told a news conference the man was "part of our enquiries to prove or disprove whether Jayden has come to harm".

He revealed information had come to light to focus the search for the teenager in certain areas, includinga wide, rural area between the village of Upton and Didcot.

Mr Murray said teams had been deployed to search a path or track leading fromUpton in the general direction of Didcot, partly following a disused railway line.

He said: "We do not know where Jayden is at the moment, but as time progresses it is obvious that we are becoming increasingly concerned about her welfare."

He added officers remained "focused on the hope that she is still out there".

Jayden is described as slim, with shoulder-length dark brown hair and brown eyes.

She was living with her mother in Didcotuntil November this year, when she found herself homeless.

The teenager relocated to an Oxford service called One Foot Forward, which offers assisted and supported accommodation for young people.

Inspector Chris Simpson, leading the search, said: "She has little access to money and she has not been in phone contact which is out of character for her.

"She could be in Oxford or Reading areas with friends and if this is the case we would urge her or them to get in contact.

"Jayden is not in any trouble but we need to get in touch with her to ensure she is safe and well."

Anyone with information has been urged to contact Thames Valley Police on 101 and quote URN 542 10/12, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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