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Didcot killings: Police probe deaths after suspect found

Detectives investigating the murders of a six-year-old girl, her mother and her father will switch their attention to the circumstances of their deaths after finding the body of the prime suspect.

The bodies of Janet Jordon, Derin Jordon and Phil Howard were found on Saturday. Credit: PA Wire

Jed Allen, 21, was found dead in a wooded area of Oxford yesterday evening, ending a 30-hour manhunt which began when the bodies of his sister Derin, Janet Jordon, 48, and Philip Howard, 44 were found at their home in Didcot.

They had been stabbed to death.

Thames Valley Police confirmed officers were not looking for anyone else in connection with the murders.

Headteacher: School devastated by Derin's death

The school where six-year-old Derin Jordan was a pupil has been left devastated by her murder, her headteacher has said.

Candles are lit in front of a photograph of Derrin Jordon at All Saints school in Didcot. Credit: PA Wire

Parents with young children laid flowers and teddy bears outside All Saints primary school in Didcot yesterday after news of the Year One pupil's death broke.

Headteacher John Myers said the reaction had been "devastation, shock, sadness", describing it as a "terrible tragedy".

"Anybody's life is precious and to lose parents and particularly a young girl in such a dreadful manner is truly awful."

Mr Myers described Derin as "beautiful, gentle, quiet, smiley, happy, precious, a lovely girl", adding that they seemed like "a perfectly normal, happy family".


Didcot suspect Allen 'texted friends after murders'

Jed Allen was found dead yesterday Credit: Thames Valley Police

Jed Allen might have sent texts to several of his friends in the hours after three of his family members were killed in Didcot, according to reports.

The Sun is reporting that he sent seven of his friends a long, rambling message in which he wrote "I've done something bad".

A friend told the tabloid: "Jed texted seven of us. It was a long message but it told us that he had done something bad and asked us to call the police. It was a deeply personal message."

Police are now turning their attention to the circumstances of the killings after 21-year-old Allen was found dead in Oxford.

Murder suspect Jed Allen found dead by police

Police had been looking for Jed Allen since Friday. Credit: Thames Valley Police

Murder suspect Jed Allen is believed to have been found dead by police.

Detectives had been hunting the 21-year-old since Friday following the discovery of the bodies of his mother, stepfather and stepsister.

Janet Jordon, 48, Philip Howard, 44, and their six-year-old daughter Derin were found stabbed at their home in Didcot, Oxfordshire.

Thames Valley Police said the body was found in woodland barely a mile from Oxford University parks just after 5pm.

They added they are not seeking anyone else in connection with the deaths.


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Flowers laid at school of girl killed in triple murder

Flowers have been laid outside the All Saints Primary School in Didcot in memory of 6-year old Derrin Jordon.

Flowers laid in memory of Derrin Jordon Credit: ITV Meridian

The body of Derrin was found at house in Didcot on Saturday. The bodies of her mother Janet Jordan and her partner Philip Howard were also discovered at the property.

Tributes to six year old girl Credit: ITV Meridian

Thames Valley are searching for Jed Allen in connection with the deaths.

Didcot killings: CCTV images of Jed Allen released

Police have hunting for Jed Allen - the man wanted in connection with the murders of his six-year-old sister, mother and her partner - have released CCTV images of him.

The footage shows the 21-year-old in a WH Smith store at Oxford railway station on the evening the bodies of his family were found at an address in Didcot.

Mr Allen in WHSmith at Oxford railway station. Credit: Thames Valley Police
Allen is wanted in connection with the deaths of his sister, mother and her partner. Credit: Thames Valley Police

Police said they believe Mr Allen boarded a train from Didcot to Oxford at 5.24pm and arrived in Oxford at 5.45pm before entering WH Smith.

He is then said to have walked to Oxford University Parks.

“Jed is wearing a red or maroon shirt, a dark hooded jacket with a white trim on the zip, blue jeans and black shoes," Detective Superintendent Chris Ward said.

He again urged the public not to approach the suspect, instead encouraging them to call 999 "immediately".

He also warned anyone who may be "harbouring" Mr Allen to contact police.

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