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Inquiry into teenage care death
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Nadine was found dead at a care home in Onchan
An investigation is under way into the death of a teenage girl in a care home on the Isle of Man.

Nadine Smith, 17, was found dead at a house in Onchan on Wednesday. She had been living in the staffed unit with two other young people.

A post-mortem examination was taking place on Friday, police said.

Her death comes a month after the end of an inquiry into the care of young people on the island, prompted by the murder of two teenagers in 2002.

'Tragic' death

The Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS) , which was responsible for Nadine's care, expressed shock and sorrow at her death.

Hazel Hannan MHK, member for social services, said: "We extend our sincere condolences to her family and friends."

Nadine was a former pupil at St Ninian's High School, which said it was offering its staff and pupils counselling after her death.

Head teacher George Quayle said: "To have lost her life at such a young age when she had so much to look forward to is very tragic indeed."

Report due

A multi agency review of the circumstances surrounding Nadine's death is being established by the DHSS.

The Isle of Man Constabulary said its investigations were continuing.

An independent review of Manx Family Services, which operates the home in Onchan, is already being carried out on behalf of the DHSS.

The care provider was criticised during the inquiry into the murders of Samantha Barton and George Green.

Samantha was in the care of the DHSS at the time she was strangled and stabbed by 24-year-old Peter Newbery, who was jailed for life.

The 2m inquiry is due to publish its report in 2006.

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