Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

'Stalker' claim teenager found dead

A teenage girl has been found dead three days after telling friends on Facebook that she had a stalker

A teenage girl has been found dead three days after telling friends on Facebook that she had a stalker.

The body of aspiring model Emily Longley, who grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, was discovered at an address in Bournemouth, Dorset, on Saturday morning.

Last Wednesday, the 17-year-old had shared her fears with friends on the popular social networking site, writing: "I have a stalker!!!"

The teenager went on later to post: "Someone just called me and I was like 'Who's this?' And they were like 'You don't know me but I know everything about you' and I was like 'How did you get my number?' and he was like 'I'll tell you when I see you' and kept asking me out.

"So I hung up and they won't stop calling. I'm really scared! Ha. It's a private number as well. Some people need to get a life!"

On May 5 she posted that she was "down and out". Two days later she was found dead at a bungalow in Queenswood Avenue.

An inquest into the death of the Brockenhurst College student was opened and adjourned by the Bournemouth, Poole and East Dorset Coroner on Monday. Police described the cause of Miss Longley's death as "undetermined subject to toxicology tests".

Two Bournemouth men aged 19 and 17 were arrested on Saturday but have since been released on police bail pending further enquiries, said a Dorset Police spokesman.

Emily's father, Mark Longley, said she apparently died in her sleep but the cause of her death remains a mystery.

"It is a huge shock to us, and Caroline (Emily's mother) and I are going to England to try and find out what happened," Mr Longley told the New Zealand Herald. "She was a beautiful girl and full of life, it is so tragic."

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