Murder of British girl, 10, sparks international manhunt for taxi driver
Police have launched an international manhunt for three people, as they step up their investigations into the murder of a ten-year-old girl.
The child was found dead at her home in Horsell, near Woking, in the early hours of Thursday after officers responded to a “call for concern”.
Surrey Police say the three suspects they want to talk to left the UK on Wednesday, just hours before the girl’s body was discovered.
Detective Chief Inspector Debbie White told reporters on Friday that investigations were “continuing at pace” and that they were pursuing a number of leads.
She added: “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.
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“We are working with our partners, including international authorities, to locate them.”
The death of the ten-year-old has stunned the local community and led to an outpouring of sympathy for the girl’s family.
Tributes to her were left close to the scene and included one message which said: “So sorry this has happened. Such a tragedy.
“Rest in peace lovely girl.”
The family were relative newcomers to the village, having moved into a three-bedroom £550,000 council house in April.
Mr Sharif, the father, works as a lcoal taxi driver and was described as a “hard-working family man” by former Tory councillor Rashid Mohammed.
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A local resident told MailOnLine that the 41-year-old originally came from Pakistan and had been living in the UK for years.
“I just can’t believe it – he is such a friendly guy who adores his kids,” they added.
Amjad Ali, another resident, said the whole community was in shock over the girl’s death and was still trying to come to terms with what had happened.
Police said they “stood with” the community in their grief and that patrols and enquiries would continue over the weekend.
Inspector Sandra Carlier, the borough commander for Woking, reassured residents that police did not believe there was “any risk to the wider public at this time”.
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