Family"s grief after body of 15-year-old girl Helena Farrell is found dead in woodland


Family's grief after body of 'beautiful, loved and cherished' 15-year-old girl is found in woodland
Body of Helena Farrell found at beauty spot in Kendal, CumbriaCumbria Police said they are not treating the death as suspicious
Talented musician studied at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester

By
Mario Ledwith

PUBLISHED:

00:20 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

03:07 GMT, 6 January 2013

A 15-year-old girl whose body was found in woodland has been described as 'beautiful, loved and cherished' by her family.

Helena Farrell's body was found at a beauty spot close to the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal, Cumbria, at around 10pm on Friday night.

Cumbria Police said they are not treating the death as suspicious and are continuing investigations.

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Cherished: Helena Farrell's body was found at a beauty spot close to the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal, Cumbria. The 15-year-old schoolgirl's family described her as 'beautiful, loved and cherished'

Cherished: Helena Farrell's body was found at a beauty spot close to the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal, Cumbria. The 15-year-old schoolgirl's family described her as 'beautiful, loved and cherished'

In a statement, the talented cellist's family said: 'Helena Farrell, 15, the beautiful, loved
and cherished daughter of Enda and Maria Farrell and sister of Declan
Farrell died tragically on Friday night.

'The family have requested privacy at this time.'

The schoolgirl, who studied at Kirbie Kendal School, was an aspiring musician who also attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Earlier this year, she achieved a Distinction in a grade seven cello exam and a Merit in a grade six singing exam taken on the same day.

Tributes were paid to the schoolgirl on social media websites, with friends of Helena posting a tribute video on Youtube.

Dan Cafferty wrote: 'One smile, can
start a friendship. One person, can change your life. Rest in peace
Helena Farrell. Gone but never ever forgotten.'

A post underneath the video said: 'A great video about a great girl she was one of a kind, sporty musical and dramatic. She will be greatly missed RIP Helena.'

One friend wrote on Facebook: 'Just seen
the video on You Tube dedicated to Helena Farrell. So sad, what a
beautiful you girl. My thoughts go out to her family at this sad time,
rest in peace.'

A Cumbria Police spokesman said: 'Police can confirm that the body of a female found in woodland near to the Castle Green Hotel was 15-year-old Helena Farrell from Kendal.

'The circumstances surrounding the incident are still being investigated and it is not being treated as suspicious at this time.'