16/12/2013

22-Year-Old Charged With Murder Of Missing Teen

Police investigating the disappearance of 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson have charged a 22-year-old man with her murder.

Thames Valley Police charged Ben Blakeley, of Christchurch Road, Reading, with murder and perverting the course of justice and is due to appear before Oxford Magistrates' Court later today.

A 17-year-old male arrested on suspicion of murder remains in police custody.

Jayden Parkinson was last seen boarding a train at Oxford railway station to Didcot Parkway on 3 December. She has not yet been found.

Police asked people to "refrain from carrying out their own searches".

They also renewed their appeal for a man seen "struggling" with a suitcase to come forward.

Police want to trace the man, who was seen in Upton at 02:00 GMT on Monday, 9 December.

The same man was seen in nearby Didcot about half an hour later.

(MH/IT)

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