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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 September, 2004, 18:29 GMT 19:29 UK
Suicide pact girl leaves hospital
Rebecca Ling
Rebecca is expected to give a fuller explanation later of what happened
A teenager from Birmingham who survived a suspected suicide pact in which her friend died, has been released from hospital.

Rebecca Ling, 14, of Longbridge, and Laura Rhodes, 13, are believed to have taken an overdose at the younger girl's home in Neath, south Wales on Saturday.

A spokeswoman for Morriston Hospital in Swansea said Rebecca, had been released on Wednesday.

Rebecca and Laura met in an internet chatroom a year ago.

'Bullied extensively'

The pair had earlier sparked a nationwide hunt when they went missing after returning from a holiday with Laura's family in Crete.

They were discovered on Friday at a bed and breakfast hotel in Bath and were taken back to Laura's home.

Hours later, the girls appear to have attempted to take their lives in an apparent suicide pact which ended in Laura's death.

South Wales Police ruled out bullying as a factor of Laura's death but her parents insisted she had been "bullied extensively".

On Monday, detectives said investigations were continuing into the incident.

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