Suspicious death of Emily Longley - Man charged

Detectives investigating the suspicious death of a girl in the Bournemouth area have charged a man with murder – with two further people facing criminal charges.

17-year-old Emily Longley was discovered dead at an address along Queenswood Avenue on Saturday, 7 May 2011. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Yesterday, Tuesday 19 July 2011, officers arrested three people – two men and one woman – from the Queens Park area of the town.

Today, Wednesday, 20 July 2011, Elliott Turner aged 20, has been charged with murder. He has also been charged with perverting the course of justice.

Leigh Turner, aged 53, and Anita Turner, aged 50, have been charged with perverting the course of justice.

All three will appear before Bournemouth magistrates tomorrow, Thursday, 21 July 2011.

Detective Inspector Neil Devoto, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Following extensive enquiries Elliott Turner has now been charged with the murder of Emily Longley.

“I have updated Emily’s relatives with these developments – clearly, this is a very difficult time for all of her family and friends as they try to come to terms with the loss of Emily.

“I would urge members of the media to show consideration and respect their privacy.

“It is also important to stress – as is typical in such circumstances – that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.”

Following the development, Emily’s family reiterated their support for the police investigation by releasing the following statement:

“We are confident that the police are doing all that they can to establish exactly what happened to Emily and we are grateful for their support.

“We would like to once again thank everyone for their messages of sympathy and the many tributes that have been made to Emily.

“Of course, we now await the outcome of upcoming court cases and ask that we are given space to come to terms with our tragic loss.”

An inquest into Emily’s death was opened on Monday, 9 May 2011.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01202 or 01305 22 22 22 quoting incident number 7:166. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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