The family of a Surrey A-level student who was stabbed to death at the weekend say they have been overwhelmed by messages and support. A teenage boy who was arrested on suspicion of murdering 17-year-old Elizabeth Thomas has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
In a statement issued through Surrey Police, her family said: "Elizabeth was a kind, caring, loving and gentle girl and her death has left our lives broken beyond repair, we have lost our Sunday child.
"Throughout her GCSEs, Elizabeth studied hard and did very well. She was now working towards her A-levels and we were all extremely proud of what she had achieved.
"Following Elizabeth's death we have been truly overwhelmed by the messages and support we have received from everyone who knew her."
A boy who was arrested on suspicion of murder after the discovery of a girl's body has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Surrey Police says the 16-year-old will be transferred to a secure hospital while he remains on police bail.
A murder investigation was launched after the body of a 17-year-old girl was found at a property in Oxted on Friday. The spokeswoman said the investigation is still in the early stages but it is believed this is an isolated incident and the alleged offender and the victim are known to each other.
Police are still questioning a 16-year-old boy over another teenager's murder. Officers have returned to the flat in Surrey where the 17-year-old girl was found dead on Friday. Today the search of the property enters it's second day. It's not yet known how the girl died.