Monday 24 July 2017

Murder probe launched as 'beautiful, loving' girl (16) found dead in car following crash

Police said the death is not believed to have been the result of the collision

Undated family handout photo issued by Leicestershire Police of Megan Bannister, 16, as a murder inquiry has been launched after her body was found on the back seat of a car following a crash. Photo: Family Handout/PA Wire
Undated family handout photo issued by Leicestershire Police of Megan Bannister, 16, as a murder inquiry has been launched after her body was found on the back seat of a car following a crash. Photo: Family Handout/PA Wire
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A murder inquiry has been launched after a "beautiful, talented and loving" teenage schoolgirl was found dead on the back seat of a car following a crash.

Megan Bannister (16) was discovered on the back seat of a black Vauxhall Astra, after the crash at about 11.45am on Sunday in Enderby, Leicestershire.

Police said the death is not believed to have been the result of the collision between the car and a motorbike, and two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

In a statement, the family of the teenager, who was from Leicester, said: "Megan was our beautiful, talented, loving daughter and sister, and our hearts have been utterly broken by her death.

"The thought of life without Megan is impossible to imagine, and we cannot adequately express in words the sense of numbness and overwhelming grief we feel at her loss.

"She was bright, clever, and a responsible person who loved her family and her many friends. She had a strong self-will and had set her heart on training to becoming a midwife."

The family added: "Knowing how confident and determined she was, we have no doubt she would have realised that dream.

"As a family, we are doing our best to support one another at this harrowing time, and would respectfully ask that we are left alone to grieve in private without intrusion."

The two arrested men, aged 27 and 28, are in custody being questioned by detectives.

A police spokesman said: "An initial post-mortem examination was inconclusive and further tests are being conducted to find out exactly how Megan died.

"However, her death is not believed to have been the result of a road traffic collision."

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