Jayden update: 17-year-old arrested on suspicion of murder

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A 17-YEAR-OLD has been arrested on suspicion of murder as police investigate the disappearance of teen Jayden Parkinson.

The murder suspect was arrested this afternoon after he came to a police station in the county.

He is now in police custody along with a 22-year-old man from Reading who was arrested on suspicion of murder last night.

Jayden was last seen in Oxford on Tuesday last week. 

Police have also released this statement from Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Murray:

The investigation into missing 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson is ongoing. Officers arrested a 22-year-old man at about 10pm last night (12/12) at an address in Christchurch Road, Reading. A scene watch remains in place while forensic officers examine the property. He has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

At this stage, we are keeping an open mind as to what has happened to Jayden. Due to the length of time she has been missing and the fact that she has made no contact with her family or friends, we are treating her disappearance very seriously.

Jayden left One Foot Forward in Iffley Road at 3.27pm on Tuesday 3 December. She was wearing light blue faded jeans, a brown hooded top with red lettering on it, a black waist length jacket, and dark coloured trainers.

It is believed she walked up the High Street through the town centre, arriving at Oxford train station at 4.07pm, where she boarded a train to Didcot. At 4.27pm, Jayden left Didcot train station. This was the last sighting we have of Jayden.

Do you remember seeing a girl matching this description in Oxford city centre? Were you at Oxford train station last Tuesday afternoon? We ask you to think back and if you have any information, no matter how insignificant it might seem, please contact us.

As well as the scene watch in Reading, officers are also in Upton, near Didcot, in connection with the search for Jayden. A number of lines of enquiries have led us to this area and we are asking residents if they saw any suspicious activity on Sunday night (8/12) into Monday morning (9/12). Upton is a small area and I am hopeful someone might have seen something that they dismissed at the time but which may prove important to the investigation.

As you can appreciate this is a live investigation with multiple lines of enquiries and possible scenes, and we also have a suspect in custody. Some of the information we have received is in the very early stages of investigation and we have a team of detectives working tirelessly to find out Jayden’s movements and where she is.

Jayden’s family are obviously aware of the developments in the investigation and a family liaison officer has been assigned to them to keep them updated. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

Anyone with any information should contact Thames Valley Police via the 24-hour non-emergency number on 101 quoting URN 542 10/12. If you If you don't want to speak directly to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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