Murder probe launched after body of girl, 16, found in car following crash

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A murder inquiry has been launched after the body of a 16-year-old schoolgirl was found on the back seat of a car following a crash.

Leicestershire Police said Megan Bannister was not believed to have died as a result of the collision between a car and a motorbike in Desford Road, Enderby.

Megan's body was discovered on the back seat of a black Vauxhall Astra, after the crash at about 11.45am on Sunday.

Police said two men, aged 27 and 28, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are in custody being questioned by detectives.

A police spokesman said: "An initial post-mortem examination was inconclusive and further tests are being conducted to find out exactly how Megan died.

"However, her death is not believed to have been the result of a road traffic collision."

In a statement, the family of the teenager, who was from Leicester, said: "Megan was our beautiful, talented, loving daughter and sister, and our hearts have been utterly broken by her death.

"The thought of life without Megan is impossible to imagine, and we cannot adequately express in words the sense of numbness and overwhelming grief we feel at her loss.

"She was bright, clever, and a responsible person who loved her family and her many friends. She had a strong self-will and had set her heart on training to becoming a midwife."

The family added: "Knowing how confident and determined she was, we have no doubt she would have realised that dream.

"As a family, we are doing our best to support one another at this harrowing time, and would respectfully ask that we are left alone to grieve in private without intrusion."