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Teen Rebecca 'Rebe' Berry Found Dead In Garden With Burn Injuries

05/12/2014 11:12 GMT | Updated 05/12/2014 11:59 GMT
Dorset Police

A teenager whose body was found in a garden with burn injuries has been described as a "beautiful angel", who will be greatly missed.

Rebecca Berry, known to her friends as Rebe, was found by a family member in the grounds of a property, believed to be her home, in Edmondsham, East Dorset, at 9.18pm on Monday.

Firefighters were called to a property fire in the village but could do nothing to save the 15-year old. Her death has been described as non-suspicious but police said a "multi-agency investigation" had been launched.

Rebe's family have paid tribute to the year 10 pupil in a statement which read: "We as a family are pulling together to help each other cope with the devastating loss of our beautiful girl and are gathering strength from each other to guide us through this time.

"We would like to thank friends and the village community for their continuing support and kind words.

"The family would like encourage people to lay floral tributes at Edmondsham Pump to pay their respects to Rebe."

Friends of the schoolgirl, who enjoyed horse riding, left their condolences and tributes on her Facebook page.

"Forever in my heart, my beautiful," Ella-j Henderson wrote, while Megan Amber Howell added: "Your [sic] my beautiful angel And will always be in my heart for ever. I love you R.I.P Rebe".

A post mortem examination was held on Thursday and an inquest is likely to be opened and adjourned next week.

Detective Inspector Joe Williams, of Bournemouth CID said: “The circumstances of Rebe’s death are not suspicious and Dorset Police is carrying out an investigation on behalf of HM Coroner.

“My thoughts go to Rebe’s family at this very sad time and I would ask people to please respect their privacy.”

Rebe's headteacher at Queen Elizabeth’s school in Wimborne, Martin McLeman, posted a letter to parents on the school website about Rebe’s death.

He wrote: “We are devastated by this news and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this extremely sad time.

“I have advised all year 10 students at school this morning and they may need the support of their families when they return home this evening and over the coming weeks.

“Counselling and support has been arranged here and is available at school for everyone in the school community affected by this tragic event.”