Dorst Police

Girl Found Dead After Visiting Murdered Friend's Grave


The Bournemouth, Dorset, community is deeply shaken by the loss of two teenagers who died tragically in separate incidents.

First there was Jack Gudge, 17, who was found unconscious after being attacked outside of a Tesco Express on July 16. The teenager died from his injuries at the hospital.

Four people, ranging in age from 15 to 27, had been arrested in connection with the brutal crime.

However, Dorset police announced two weeks ago that nobody will face criminal charges in relation to Jack's death, despite the arrests. Details of why the police chose to do this are still filtering in.


Gudge's family released a collective statement saying:

Then came Ciara Witt, 16, who went missing around 10 am on November 4. She said that she was going to catch a bus.


Hauntingly, Ciara was last seen visiting, in fact, Jack Gudge's grave. The two teenagers had been friends.

She was reported missing at 11:30 pm on Friday, and tragically, her body was discovered near her home.

The post mortem has yet to be released, but police have said that there are no "suspicious circumstances" surrounding her death. This would imply an accident of some sort, or natural causes.

Her mother, who had previously issued a plea on social media for help in finding her missing daughter, posted this statement to her Facebook page after her daughter was found, calling off the search:

Citations: Mirror, Metro, Metro, BBC