Body formally identified as missing Jayden

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Jayden Parkinson, aged 17, from Oxford are holding a press conference. They are expected to reveal updates on the murder investigation launched after she went missing earlier this month.

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Jayden's family 'devastated' after body is found

The family of missing teenager Jayden Parkinson are "heartbroken" and "devastated", police said. Detectives believe a body found buried in a grave in Oxfordshire is that of the 17-year-old.

Thames Valley Police said the body was discovered in a recently disturbed site in the cemetery of All Saints' Church, Didcot.

The man leading the investigation, Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Murray, said: "We had prepared Jayden's family for the worst but I'm afraid nothing can prepare you for the loss of your child. "They remain heartbroken, they remain devastated, and our thoughts are with them at this time."

Jayden murder: Thames Valley Police press conference update

Thames Valley Police have held a press conference this morning at their headquarters in Kiddlington, Oxfordshire to release more details about the body of a young woman found in the cemetery in Didcot last night.

Police say they believe the body found in the graveyard is that of 17-year-old, Jayden Parkinson, a formal identification will take place later today. The body was found in a disturbed grave and police confirmed it was removed by a specialist team during the night.

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Search for evidence to explain how Jayden died

Officers had previously issued an appeal for information about a man seen struggling with a suitcase just outside the village of Upton, at about 2am on Monday, December 9th. A painstaking search of farmland on the outskirts of the village had been continuing, following reports of that sighting.

Officers said the same man was later 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", according to Mr Murray.

Police also confirmed that during the course of their investigation it had been suggested Jayden may have been pregnant at the time of her disappearance, although Mr Murray had previously said they "had no way of confirming whether this is correct or not".

Forensic search continues in the grounds of a cemetery in Didcot

A Thames Valley Police tent in the Great Western Cemetery by All Saints' Church in Didcot Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Throughout today there has been a large police presence at the church, with forensic teams unloading equipment from vehicles and carrying it into the cemetery where a meticulous and careful search has been carried out.

The teenager, who had recently moved to Oxford, was last seen leaving Didcot railway station at 4.27pm on the day of her disappearance. Officers had previously appealed for information about a man seen struggling with a suitcase just outside the village of Upton, at about 2am on Monday December 9.

More than 100 officers involved in the Jayden Parkinson murder investigation

Police outside All Saints' Church in Didcot, Oxfordshire Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

More than 100 officers and detectives have spent much of the past week carrying out intensive forensic searches at several sites in and around Didcot and the nearby village of Upton in a bid to find Jayden.

Yesterday, the man leading the investigation, Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Murray, said police had received "significant and highly relevant information" which led their search efforts to a specific grave in the churchyard.

Throughout today there has been a large police presence at the church, with forensic teams unloading equipment from vehicles and carrying it into the cemetery where a meticulous and careful search has been carried out.

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Search for Jayden ends in Oxfordshire churchyard

Jayden's former partner Ben Blakeley, 22, of Christchurch Road, Reading, Berkshire, 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 17th next year.

A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has also been chargedwith perverting the course of justice between December 3 and December 10 byassisting in the disposal of Jayden's body and other evidence

Jayden Parkinson murder inquiry - Thames Valley Police update

Thames Valley Police have released this statement concerning the missing teenager, Jayden Parkinson.

Thames Valley Police can confirm we have found a body in a recently disturbed grave in the cemetery of All Saints Church, Didcot. The body is believed to be that of missing teenager Jayden Parkinson.

A formal identification has yet to take place. Officers and forensic scientists will continue to work at the cemetery throughout the night and into the next day.

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.

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