Father of 10-year-old girl sought by police probing her murder

Sara Sharif was found at her home, a semi-detached property in Hammond Road, on August 10.

The father of a 10-year-old girl who was found dead in Woking is being sought by police investigating her murder and is believed to be in Pakistan.

Sara Sharif was found at her home after officers were called from Pakistan by Sara’s father, Urfan Sharif, at around 2.50am on August 10, Surrey Police said.

The discovery at the semi-detached property in Hammond Road sparked a murder probe.

Detective superintendent Mark Chapman, from the Surrey Police and Sussex Police major crime team, said Mr Sharif, his partner, Beinash Batool, and his brother, Faisal Malik, are suspects in the investigation.

Surrey Police officers outside a property on Hammond Road in Woking
Surrey Police officers outside a property on Hammond Road in Woking (Jonathan Brady/PA)

He said it is believed Mr Sharif travelled to Islamabad on August 9, a day before Sara’s death was discovered, with his partner Ms Batool, and his brother Mr Malik.

They travelled with five children aged between one and 13-years old, he added.

There is no formal extradition treaty between the UK and Pakistan, but Mr Chapman said that people have been extradited from the Asian country before.

Police are working with the Crown Prosecution Service, Interpol, the National Crime Agency and Foreign Office to carry out their investigation and to liaise with Pakistani authorities.

Officers are not looking to identify anyone else in connection with the investigation, Mr Chapman said.

Sara’s mother is being supported by specialist officers and police say the two have not been in contact.

Olga Sharif described her daughter as “an amazing child” in an interview with The Sun and told the newspaper that her life “will never be the same again”.

A post-mortem examination carried out on August 15 concluded that the cause of Sara’s death was “still to be established”, and further tests were needed.

Police are expected to remain at the property in the quiet Woking village of Horsell for “some weeks”.

Locals spoke of their shock and fear the day after the 10-year-old’s body was discovered.

Many of the flowers left on the pavement outside the house had heartfelt messages written by local families attached, while one person left a stuffed unicorn.

One note read: “Sweet girl, I’m so sorry that your sparkle was put out too soon.”

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