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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.

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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.

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