Family faces agonising wait to discover how Jayden died

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TESTS to discover how teenager Jayden Parkinson died could take six weeks to come up with an answer.

The news came yesterday after her body was formally identified and the Didcot church and graveyard where she was found reopened after police cleared the crime scene.

All Saints’ Church in Lydalls Road opened at 9am and invited mourners to light a candle and say a prayer for the 17-year-old, who police believe was murdered. A book of condolence was also opened and the church says it will be given to Jayden’s family.

The Rev Karen Beck said: “We all thought it was a good idea. It gives people a way of expressing what they are feeling.”

She is to lead prayers for the teenager at 7pm tonight.

Jayden had been missing since December 3. A post-mortem examination on Thursday failed to determine how the former Didcot Girls’ School pupil died. Now police say toxicology tests could take about six weeks.

Cordons at a recreation ground near the church and at a house in Great Western Drive have now been lifted.

Jayden’s 22-year-old boyfriend Ben Blakeley, of Christchurch Road, Reading, has been charged with her murder and perverting the course of justice.

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A 17-year-old Didcot boy, who cannot be named, has also been charged with perverting the course of justice.

Both are in custody and due to appear in court again in March.

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