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Police hunt mother of toddler found dead at home

Ben Mitchell

Published 18/05/2013 | 15:03

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Undated handout photo issued by Thames Valley Police of 20-month-old Sarah Dahane who was found dead at a house in Bicester, Oxfordshire in England
Undated handout photo issued by Thames Valley Police of 20-month-old Sarah Dahane who was found dead at a house in Bicester, Oxfordshire in England

Police are continuing their hunt to find the mother of a 20-month-old girl who was found dead at her home as searches at the property end.

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The body of Sarah Dahane was found by a police at a property in Herald Way, Glory Farm, Bicester, Oxfordshire, on Thursday after members of her family raised concerns for her well-being.

Her mother, who has not been named by police, is believed to have left the UK and travelled to Kenya, according to Thames Valley Police.

A police spokesman said that searches had been completed at the house in Herald Way and police officers who had been guarding the scene had now left.

Detective chief inspector Ian Hunter said: "I would like to thank the residents and community in Glory Farm for their patience and co-operation whilst we have been conducting searches and inquiries.

"We recognise the distress that can be caused as we respond to such sad incidents.

"Our detailed and thorough investigation continues to piece together the events as we seek to identify why and how Sarah Dahane died."

The police spokesman added: "The investigation to establish the exact location of Sarah's mother continues."

The girl's father, Nabil Dahane, who is separated from her mother, said yesterday in a statement released through police: "To my uniquely beautiful Sarah: You have meant the world to me.

"The time spent with you, though has been cut very short, was an absolute joy and the sweet memories we made together will stay with me for as long as I live. May you rest in peace babe and I will surely see you in heaven. Inchallah

"I love you lots, lots and lots xxx Your beloved daddy xxx"

A post-mortem examination carried out on the child's body, formally identified by her father, was inconclusive and further tests are to be carried out to establish a cause of death.

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