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Row over teenager death in India
Scarlett Keeling. Picture: Barcroft Media
Scarlett's death has been called an "appalling tragedy"
A row has blown up over the death of a teenager from Devon whose body was found on a beach in India.

Scarlett Keeling, 15, from Bideford, had been on a six-month holiday with her family. Her body was found at the resort of Anjuna, Goa, on 18 February.

Police said that they believed she drowned accidentally.

But her mother, Fiona MacKeown, has been reported saying that Scarlett was a strong swimmer and that she believed she was raped and murdered.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "Local police are investigating but we are not speculating while the investigation is going on."

Staff and pupils at Scarlett's school - The Small School in Hartland, which has only 23 students - said they had been deeply affected by her death.

In a statement the school said: "This is an appalling tragedy for Scarlett and her family."



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