First picture of ‘sweet’ girl at centre of murder probe as manhunt continues

The ten-year-old girl, who has been named locally as Sara Sharif, was found dead at her home in Woking last week has been named and pictured for the first time.

Sara is shown looking relaxed and happy in a series of snaps shared on social media – but now a murder inquiry is underway, with police wanting to speak to three people who were known to the youngster, all of whom they believe have now left the country.

Meanwhile neighbours have shared their grief and shock at the tragedy, after the child’s body was found at a £550,000 property in Hammond Road in the village of Horsell, near Woking in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Flowers and tributes were left outside the home, with one poignant message simply saying: “Sweet girl.

“I’m so sorry that your sparkle was put out too soon. Rest in peace.”

Neighbour Amjad Ali, 47, admitted the incident had left the entire community deeply shocked.

He told MailOnline: “My son looked out the window as I had taken my wife on holiday and were still up and he said the road was full of police.

“Then an officer knocked on the door and asked if we knew anything about the family, but we don’t really know them.”

He added: “They are a Pakistani family that moved in about five months ago.”

Officers remain at the address whilst the investigation continues and further updates will be provided in due course.  

Speaking on Friday, Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Debbie White, said: “Our investigation into this tragic incident has continued at pace today with a number of enquiries underway.

“We have identified three people we would like to speak to in connection with our investigation and from our enquiries, we believe that they left the country on Wednesday, 9 August.

“We are working with our partners, including international authorities, to locate them.

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“Officers have been in the local area today carrying out house to house enquiries and we expect a police presence to remain around the scene over the coming week.”

Inspector Sandra Carlier, Borough Commander for Woking, added: “I know that the community are shocked and saddened by yesterday’s events, and we stand with them in their grief.

“Officers will remain in the area carrying out patrols, and enquiries as part of the investigation, over the weekend.

“I would like to reiterate that we do not believe there to be any risk to the wider public at this time. We will continue to provide updates as and when we are able to.”

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