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Last Updated: Sunday, 2 October 2005, 19:50 GMT 20:50 UK
British teenager drowns in Turkey
Kayleigh Lavill
Kayleigh Lavill used to play for Aston Villa Ladies football team
A Birmingham teenager has been found dead after she was swept away trying to cross a stream as heavy rain and flash floods hit the Turkish resort Bodrum.

The body of Kayleigh Kim Lavill, 17, is understood to have been found soon afterwards more than a mile away.

She is believed to have been staying with a family member. Her next-of-kin in Britain have been informed.

A British Embassy spokesman in Ankara said police were preparing a report into the incident.

"We understand the girl slipped and was swept away. Her body was found later," said a Foreign Office spokesman.

Kayleigh was a lovely girl, so popular and got on with everyone
Charlie Coley
Friend of Ms Lavill

Heavy rain in the Aegean resort has led to overflowing streams, which have flooded several buildings.

Ms Lavill, a former Aston Villa Ladies footballer, was from Castle Vale, where floral tributes have been laid in the front garden of her home.

One of her friends, 17-year-old Charlie Coley, said the local community was in shock at news of her death.

"Kayleigh was a lovely girl, so popular and got on with everyone.

"She was just a really nice person and a bit of a tomboy who was into her sport, especially football."

Ms Coley said Ms Lavill usually visited Turkey with her aunt twice a year.

"She loved the place and loved the people," she said.


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