A 16-YEAR-OLD girl struggling with grief has been found dead after her mum launched an appeal to find her. Mel Witt, of Rochester Road in West Howe, said her daughter Ciara went missing at around 11am on Friday.
She had left home at around 10.15am to catch a bus and was last spotted at Kinson Cemetery on Friday morning.
It is understood that Ciara was friends with Jack Gudge who was buried at the cemetery on Wednesday.
But police officers were informed late on Saturday night that Ciara had passed away.
A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: “At 11.31pm on Friday, November 4, Dorset Police received a report of a missing 16-year-old girl in the West Howe area of Bournemouth and enquiries were made to find her.
“At 9.17pm on Saturday, November 5, officers received a report that the body of a teenage girl had been found at an address on Rochester Road in Bournemouth. It is believed to be that of the missing girl but formal identification has not taken place yet.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner has been notified. The next of kin have also been notified.”
Ms Witt told the Daily Echo Ciara had taken Jack’s death very badly and that she had been seen spending lots of time at the cemetery at Jack’s plot following the service. She even had Jack’s name surrounded by wings tattooed on her right arm.
Friends and acquaintances of Ciara have since flocked to social media to express their sympathies for the grieving family.
A crowdfunding page has been set up to raise money for a memorial bench for both Ciara and Jack.
The page reads: “Such a shame to see two young, aspirational people with massive futures ahead come to a end without warning. One tragic event followed by another.
“Ciara and Jack were loved by many and played a large role in all of our lives and deserve to be remembered forever.
“Our thoughts are with them and their families as we remember these two amazing members of society. To keep the thoughts and memories alive we thought a memorial bench would be ideal.
“RIP fly high, always in our hearts. Gone but not forgotten.”
Visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/MemorialBench6thNovember to donate to the cause.
If you or anyone you know is struggling, call The Samaritans on 116 123.