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Strangled girl 'might have been sexually assaulted'

Published 01/09/2009

A nine-year-old girl who was found strangled in her mother's boyfriend's lorry might have been sexually assaulted, police said today.

Stacey Lawrence was found dead on Saturday in the cab of a white Spar lorry, which was parked at the side of the A605 in Warmington, Northamptonshire.

Her mother's partner Darren Walker, 40, is believed to have murdered Stacey then hanged himself from a tree in nearby woodland.

Detective Chief Inspector Tricia Kirk, of Northamptonshire Police, said today that police could not rule out that there was some sexual touching involved in the incident that led to her death.

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