Church holds service for Jayden

Hillingdon Times: A remembrance service is being held for Jayden Parkinson at the church where her remains were found in a disturbed grave A remembrance service is being held for Jayden Parkinson at the church where her remains were found in a disturbed grave

A remembrance service will be held today for teenager Jayden Parkinson at the church where her remains were found in a disturbed grave.

All Saints' Church in Didcot, Oxfordshire has invited people to light candles for the 17-year-old whose body was discovered by police in the churchyard on Wednesday.

A statement on the church's website said All Saints will be open from 9am, with a short service for Jayden at 7pm.

It opened between 9am and 5pm yesterday "to give people from the community the opportunity to light a candle and sign a book of condolences", a church spokeswoman said.

"We are praying for Jayden's family and friends at this very distressing time."

Thames Valley Police confirmed yesterday that the body found in the churchyard was Jayden's.

Results of a post-mortem examination proved inconclusive and further toxicology reports are pending, a police spokesman said.

Jayden, of Iffley Road, Oxford, was last seen leaving Didcot railway station at 4.27pm on December 3.

Police said there was no indication she was still alive. Jayden had not used her mobile phone or her bank account in the days since was reported missing.

Jayden's ex-boyfriend Ben Blakeley, 22, appeared in court earlier this week charged murdering her and perverting the course of justice.

Blakeley, of Christchurch Road in Reading, is due to appear at Oxford Crown Court for a plea hearing on March 17.

A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is also charged with perverting the course of justice between December 3 and December 10 by allegedly helping dispose of Jayden's body and other evidence.

Following the discovery of her body, which involved forensic searches at sites in and around Didcot and nearby Upton village by around 100 officers and detectives, backed by National Crime Agency specialists, Jayden's mother Samantha Shrewsbury took to Twitter to pay tribute to her daughter.

"My Beautiful Baby Girl Love You Now And Forever xxxxxxxxxxxx," she wrote.

She also posted: "Miss that smile bby xxxxxxz."

Ms Shrewsbury added later: "As you know Jayden has been found our family would like to thank those for all your support and kind words xx."

The girl's father, Paul Parkinson, paid tribute to her in a brief message posted on Facebook: "Good nite baby girl I will miss you so much I love you always xxxxxxxx."

The detective leading the hunt for Jayden has said the family are heartbroken and devastated by the death.

"We had prepared Jayden's family for the worst but I am afraid nothing can prepare you for the loss of your child," Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Murray said.

"They remain heartbroken, they remain devastated and our thoughts are with them at this time."

On Tuesday Mr Murray said police received "significant and highly relevant information" which led them to focus their efforts on a specific grave in the churchyard.

Officers previously issued an appeal for information about a man seen struggling with a suitcase just outside Upton at about 2am on Monday December 9. Farmland on the outskirts of the village was searched following the sighting.

Officers said the same man was 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".

Police also said that during the course of their investigation it was suggested that Jayden might have been pregnant at the time of her disappearance.

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