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Sarah Dahane toddler death: Father appeals for information

Sarah Dahane Image copyright Thames Valley Police
Image caption Twenty-month-old Sarah Dahane was found dead at a house in Biscester in May 2013

The father of a toddler found dead in a house in Oxfordshire in 2013 has appealed for help to trace her mother.

A murder enquiry was launched after body of 20-month-old Sarah Dahane was found in Bicester on 16 May 2013 after family concerns for her well-being.

An arrest verdict has been issued for her mother Angela Whitworth who flew to Kenya the previous day.

Thames Valley Police has offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest or conviction.

The child's body was found by police who were called by members of her family.

A post-mortem examination proved inconclusive.

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Image caption Angela Whitworth is known to have flown to Kenya the day before Sarah's body was found

Officers have travelled to the Kenya to meet other family members in a bid to find Angela Whitworth.

Det Supt Ian Hunter described Sarah as a "happy and thriving child who left an impression on everyone she met during her short life".

He appealed for information for anyone who had seen Angela Whitworth since May 2013.

"Come forward, tell us what you know and help us establish the truth," he said.

Speaking at a Thames Valley Police news conference, Sarah's father Nabil Dahane said his only daughter was "beautiful, lovely and lively".

"I'm still struggling to come to terms with it all. Perhaps seeing justice done will my ease my pain."

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Image caption Police issued pictures of Sarah with her father, Nabil Dahane
Image caption Police were called after family members raised concerns for Sarah's well-being

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