Dinnington teenager Leonne Weeks died of multiple stab wounds, police have revealed, as detectives are granted extra time to hold a man arrested on suspicion of murder.
The 16-year-old's family spoke of their grief as police revealed the results of the post-mortem held yesterday, which confirmed her as the teenager found on a pathway in the Rotherham suburb.
"We are devastated at the loss of our beautiful daughter and sister Leonne," they said, in a statement released by South Yorkshire Police this afternoon.
"She was very much loved and will be missed by all of us. We would ask that our privacy is respected at this difficult time and that we are allowed to grieve in private."
Leonne's body was discovered by a member of the public on a lane off Lordens Hill on Monday morning, shortly after she had been reported missing.
An 18-year-old man arrested that evening on suspicion of murder remains in custody, as does a 26-year-old woman arrested last night on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Martin Tate, the man leading the investigation, said: "Leonne’s family have had their entire lives turned upside down over the last couple of days and are utterly devastated.
"We are continuing to support Leonne’s family in any way that we can and have specially trained officers with them.
“I’d like to ask that their privacy is respected by the media as they try to come to terms with this information. I am grateful for the support we have received so far with the investigation and would continue to urge anyone within the local community who knows anything to come forward."
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident number 256 of January 16.
You can also pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.