THE search is on to locate the father of a 10-year-old girl who was found dead in a house in Woking, Surrey, reported the BBC.
Surrey Police on Friday (18) confirmed that they want to speak to Sara’s father, Urfan Sharif, 41, his partner Beinash Batool, 29, and Urfan’s brother, Faisal Malik, 28, in connection with the incident.
According to reports, the three had left the UK for Pakistan on 9 August, a day before Sara’s body was discovered. There were five children with them aged between one year and 13 years.
Pakistan police revealed that the search involves several police stations in different places around the country, including visiting family members.
Police were called to an address in Hammond Road, Woking on Thursday (10), following a 999 call, which was made from Pakistan by a man identifying himself as Sara’s father, Urfan Sharif. Police found Sara’s dead body inside the property.
Sara’s mother was informed and continues to be supported by specially trained officers.
The post-mortem examination revealed that Sara had suffered multiple and extensive injuries, which are likely to have been caused over a sustained and extended period.
Surrey Police and Sussex Police’s major crime team have launched an investigation to establish the circumstances of Sara’s death.
Detective Superintendent Mark Chapman, from Surrey Police and Sussex Police Major Crime Team, said, “While the post-mortem has not provided us with an established cause of death at this time, the fact that we now know that Sara had suffered multiple and extensive injuries over a sustained and extended period has significantly changed the nature of our investigation, and we have widened the timescale of the focus of our enquiry.
“As a result, we are trying to piece together a picture of Sara’s lifestyle but we cannot do this without the public’s help.
“That is why we are appealing for anyone who knew Sara, had any form of contact with her, or has any other information about her, no matter how insignificant it might seem, to come forward as soon as possible.”