The body of a young girl found in woodland in Beverley has been identified as missing teenager Jessica Blake.
The 14-year-old disappeared from her home in a “distressed state” on Saturday morning and was last seen riding her pink bike and carrying her newspaper delivery bag around noon.
A major search was launched by Humberside Police when Jess the papergirl failed to return home and was reported missing by her family.
Specialist search teams, underwater divers and locals searched the area after Jess’s bike was found abandoned close to where she was last seen.
The body was discovered in woods close to Chester Avenue just after 4pm on Sunday and her family were informed.
Humberside Police say the body has now been officially identified as Jessica.
A police spokeswoman said: “Her family are coming to terms with her death and have asked for privacy. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family.”
At the scene of where her body was found, friends of tragic Jessica left their heartfelt tributes.
Leaving her name only as Laura, one friend said: “We may have lost a star but heaven has gained a beautiful, intelligent one who will watch over us through our bad and good times.
“I hope you are happy and in a safe place now where nothing can ever hurt you and you can rest in peace.
“Sleep tight princess we will never forget you - sending lots of love.”
Tied to a bunch of pink carnations Diane, Simon and Kelsey left a message reading: “Little sweetheart, hope you have finally found the peace you so much yearned for.”
Friend Kim said: “In the short time of knowing you I realised you were such a loving and caring person.
“Although I may not have shown it all the time I have always cared for you.
“From the time you went missing I have prayed that you would get home safe. It’s just a shame that didn’t happen.
“No matter what happens you will always be in my heart and I will always miss you.”
Jessica’s friend Chloe said: “There are so many things I wanted to say to you.
“I’m so sad that you are gone. There’s one thing I would have liked to do before you left and that is give you a big hug.
“You’re in a better place now.”