A teenager who died in hospital after being found unconscious on Dawlish beach at the weekend has been named as Albina Yevko.
The 14-year-old had been reported missing on Saturday 4 March. Police and coastguard crews searched the area, finding her unconscious on Dawlish beach, she was airlifted to hospital but sadly died.
Police continue to investigate.
Formal identification has taken place and the girl has been named as Albina Yevko, a Ukrainian national who was living in the Dawlish area.
Albina’s mother, Inna Yevko paid the following tribute to her daughter: “Myself and my family are devastated to have lost our beautiful Albina.
“Nothing can ever replace her in our hearts.
“We ask that our privacy is respected at this incredibly painful time.”
Detective Inspector Becky Davies said: “Our investigation continues as we try to piece together Albina’s final hours. Officers continue to undertake door-to-door enquiries as we try to identify any witnesses or CCTV footage that capture Albina’s movements.
“Whilst this death remains unexplained, we are not currently treating this death as suspicious.
“We await the results of the forensic post mortem due to take place on Thursday, but in the meantime we ask that the family and loved ones of Albina are given space and privacy as they come to terms with their loss.
“Our thoughts are very much with those who knew Albina at this tragic time, and the close-knit Dawlish community who will no doubt be in shock over this loss.”
Anyone with any information or who may have CCTV / doorbell footage that can assist officers with the investigation is asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org quoting case reference 50230052081.
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