Body found identified as Jayden Parkinson

Police have confirmed that a body found in a grave in Didcot in Oxfordshire is that of missing teenager Jayden Parkinson. Ben Blakeley has been charged with her murder.

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Post mortem on 'Jayden's body' to take place today

A post mortem will take place later today on the body discovered in a cemetery in Didcot, Thames Valley Police said.

Jayden Parkinson, 17, has been missing for more than two weeks.
Jayden Parkinson, 17, has been missing for more than two weeks. Credit: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire

Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Murray told reporters that although formal identification has yet to take place, the body is believed to be that of missing teenager Jayden Parkinson.

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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.

Police: Body believed to be that of missing teen Jayden

Thames Valley Police have said that a body discovered in a cemetery in Didcot is believed to be that of missing teenager Jayden Parkinson.

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Thames Valley Police can confirm we have found a body in a recently disturbed grave in the cemetery of All Saints Church, Didcot

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The body is believed to be that of missing teenager Jayden Parkinson.

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Jayden’s family being supported by specially trained officers. Our thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult and distressing time.

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'Recent and unauthorised disturbance' at grave site

Police investigating the disappearance of Jayden Parkinson have said there is evidence of a "recent and unauthorised disturbance" at a grave site in All Saints' Church in Didcot, Oxfordshire.

Detective Chief Superintendent Andrew Murray said forensic scientists had begun the "difficult process" of securing evidence at the grave site, in a cemetery close to where Jayden was last seen in Didcot.

Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Murray speaking at the scene. Credit: ITV News

He said the family of the person the grave belongs to has been informed.

Detectives are in constant contact with Jayden's family as the examination of the grave, which could take a number of days, progresses.

Read: Police cordon off church as Jayden search continues

Police cordon off church as Jayden search continues

by Ben Chapman - ITV News reporter

Police have cordoned off All Saints Church and erected a tent over a number of graves.

Detectives believe one of them is connected to the disappearance of Jayden Parkinson, 17, who police believe has been murdered.

Jayden Parkinson disappeared on December 3rd. Credit: ITV News/ Ben Chapman
Police are focusing their investigation on a specific grave in Didcot in Oxfordshire. Credit: ITV News/ Ben Chapman

Read: Securing grave 'difficult and highly sensitive operation'

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