Funeral of teenager found in grave

Times Series: The funeral of teenager Jayden Parkinson was held at St Martin's Church in Cheriton, near her former home town of Folkestone (Thames Valley Police/PA) The funeral of teenager Jayden Parkinson was held at St Martin's Church in Cheriton, near her former home town of Folkestone (Thames Valley Police/PA)

Mourners have gathered to pay their respects at the funeral of teenager Jayden Parkinson whose body was found in a freshly disturbed grave.

The service for 17-year-old Jayden was held today at St Martin's Church in Cheriton, close to her former home town of Folkestone, Kent.

It was conducted by the Reverend David de Verny, two months after the teenager's body was discovered following a high-profile search for her.

Jayden's body was found in a recently disturbed grave in the Great Western Cemetery next to All Saints' Church in Didcot, Oxfordshire, last December.

The discovery was made following an intensive search, involving more than 100 officers, backed up by specialists from the National Crime Agency.

Jayden, of Iffley Road, Oxford, was last seen leaving Didcot railway station on December 3. Then police received "significant and highly relevant information" which led them to focus on the graveyard.

Results of an initial post-mortem examination on Jayden proved inconclusive and the results of further toxicology reports have yet to be disclosed.

Jayden's ex-boyfriend Ben Blakeley, 22, has been charged with murdering her and perverting the course of justice.

Blakeley, of Christchurch Road in Reading, Berkshire, 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.

A remembrance service was held last December for Jayden at All Saints' Church where people lit candles and signed a book of condolence.

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