A second person has been arrested in connection with the death of a teenager whose body was found on a pathway on Monday (16 Jan).
The 26-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and she currently remains in custody.
The 16-year-old victim, who was found in the Dinnington area of Rotherham, South Yorks., has been named locally as Leonne Weeks.
Police confirmed they were treating her death as suspicious due to the nature of her injuries.
An 18-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder also remains in custody.
A number of Leonne’s family and friends have posted tributes on social media to the young girl and her uncle, Danny Bowskill, has added his own description of his niece, who he said was “loved by many”.
He said: “Never thought I would ever be writing this but Leonne Weeks you was and still are loved by so many.
“I’ll 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.”
The tribute was accompanied by a YouTube video of the cover of the song, Dancing in the Sky’ which he felt captured the loss of his niece.
Mr Bowskill added: “Rest in peace my wonderful niece.”
A JustGiving fundraising page was set up on Tuesday (17 Jan) and has already raised around £2000 of a £5000 target for the family.
A post-mortem has revealed tragic teenager Leonne Weeks died from multiple stab wounds as her family have described their devastation at her loss.
A statement from Leonne’s family said: “We are devastated at the loss of our beautiful daughter and sister Leonne.
“She was very much loved and will be missed by all of us.
“We would ask that our privacy is respected at this difficult time and that we are allowed to grieve in private.”
A murder investigation was launched after Leonne’s’ body was found by members of the public on Monday morning (16 Jan) in the Dinnington area of Rotherham, South Yorks.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Tate, the Senior Investigating Officer, said: “Leonne’s family have had their entire lives turned upside down over the last couple of days and are utterly devastated.
“We are continuing to support Leonne’s family in any way that we can and have specially trained officers with them.
“I’d like to ask that their privacy is respected by the media as they try to come to terms with this information.
“I am grateful for the support we have received so far with the investigation and would continue to urge anyone within the local community who knows anything to come forward.”
An 18-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder late on Monday evening currently remains in police custody while a 26-year-old woman was arrested on Tuesday night (17 Jan) on suspicion of assisting an offender.
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