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Woman held in Jayden death case

A woman has been arrested by police investigating the murder of teenager Jayden Parkinson whose body was found in a freshly disturbed grave.

The 48-year-old, from Didcot, Oxfordshire, was held this morning on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, Thames Valley Police said.

She is the third person to be detained by detectives investigating the killing of 17-year-old Jayden, from Oxford, last December.

Her body was found in a recently disturbed grave in the Great Western Cemetery next to All Saints Church in Didcot.

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

Jayden 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.

Earlier this month mourners paid their respects at Jayden's funeral service at St Martin's Church in Cheriton, close to her former home town of Folkestone, Kent.

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