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Police have arrested an eighteen year old man on suspicion of murdering a teenage girl.

The girl, Leonne Weeks, 16, was found dead on a pathway in Dinnington, Rotherham on Monday morning.

Currently, police are questioning the arrested man in connection with her death.  He is believed to be from Dinnington.

Ms Weeks was found at 10.55am local time on Monday at Lordens Hill.  The man was arrested Monday night.

Treating Death as Suspicious

According to Sarah Poolman, Temporary Superintendent said at a news conference, that police were treating Ms Weeks death as suspicious due to “concerns around the state of the body and injuries”.

She added she was reporting missing twenty minutes before her body was found.

Ms Poolman said, “There was a report of a missing episode but only 20 minutes prior to the finding of the body so, yes, someone had been reported missing. However, we have not been able to formally identify the body and therefore I can’t give any details as to who the person is at this stage.”

Social Media Messages

After Ms Weeks failed to return home friends and family took to posting on social media.  Jolene Dunk wrote, “Anyone seen Leonne Weeks if so contact her mum Paula Appley or Darran Weeks or me need to know she is safe.”

On Tuesday her uncle Danny Bowskill wrote, “Rest in peace my wonderful niece never thought i would ever be writing this but Leonne Weeks you was and still are loved by so many. Ill be there for your dad and mum all the way. Fly high and I hope my mum was there to guide you every step of the way up there.”

Meanwhile the police have appealed for information and asked for people to come forward.

Detective Chief Inspector Whittaker said, “If you have any information about what happened, please come forward and pass that on to us.

“We have increased patrols in Dinnington at this time to provide reassurance to members of the community and I’d urge anyone who thinks they have any information to please speak to an officer.”

 

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