Found Dead 24th January 2014

Elizabeth Thomas (17) was found dead at an address in Amy Road, Oxted, Surrey on 24th January 2014. She had been stabbed to death.

Elizabeth was a 6th form student at Oxted School, a mixed comprehensive.

A 16-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of her murder. He has been detained under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act.

Police officers found the girl’s body after being called to the address just before 5:20 pm on 24th January 2014. A post mortem examination has taken place.

Officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team have launched a murder investigation which they say is still in the early stages. They report that the victim knew the alleged perpetrator.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Claire Pridgeon said: “This is a complex investigation which will no doubt continue for some time. We believe this to be an isolated incident and that there is no risk to the further community.”

DCI Pridgeon added: “This is a tragic loss of a young girl’s life. Our thoughts are with Elizabeth’s family and we are providing support to them at this extremely difficult time.
Oxted is a close-knit community and whilst this is being treated as an isolated incident, neighbourhood officers have been out speaking to local residents to provide reassurance.”

Oxted School is a mixed comprehensive with more than 2,000 pupils, one of the largest secondary schools in the country. Students have been told about Elizabeth’s death and counselling has been made available to them. Rhona Barnfield, the Executive Head of the school said: “We are deeply saddened and upset by the tragic news about the death of one of our students and we extend our sincere condolences to her family at this very difficult time. We have informed our students and made counselling and support available to any of them who have been especially distressed.”

The arrested individual has been transferred to a secure hospital while he remains on police bail, a spokesman for Surrey Police said.

Note: This report was drawn from reports in the Daily Mail, the Daily Mirror and the BBC.

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