An ongoing international manhunt is underway for three individuals in connection with the death of 10-year-old Sara Sharif.
A post-mortem examination is scheduled for Sara, whose lifeless body was discovered at her residence in Woking, Surrey, in the early hours of Thursday. Her welfare had prompted a call to authorities.
Surrey Police has revealed that the trio being sought had departed the country the day prior. The force is collaborating with international agencies to locate them.
The local community, deeply affected by the tragedy, expressed shock. Hafiz Hashmi, the Imam of the Shah Jahan Mosque, disclosed his sleeplessness due to the incident. He conveyed his sorrow and disbelief, emphasising the need to uncover the truth surrounding her passing.
A nearby church provided a space for community members to gather for prayer, reflection, and solace. Outside the house, floral tributes have been placed in remembrance.
A neighbour, who opted for anonymity, shared that Sara seemed to assist in caring for her younger siblings, especially the baby. The family appeared to be a happy and attentive one, according to this neighbour.
Sara was found at the vacant house around 02:50 BST on August 10. Formal identification is yet to be confirmed, and investigators continue their work at the Hammond Road property.