Police say the 14-year-old Ukrainian refugee’s death was not suspicious

Death of a Ukrainian refugee not suspect

Albina Yevko and her mother had fled war-torn Ukraine (Image: SWNS/Devon and Cornwall Police)

The death of a Ukrainian refugee in Devon was not suspicious, investigators said.

Devon and Cornwall Police have ruled out any third party involvement in the tragedy.

Albina Yevko, 14, was found unconscious on Dawlish Beach on Saturday.

She and her mother are believed to have fled Ukraine after Russia launched its bloody war last year.

Speaking today, Detective Inspector Becky Davies said the investigation is ongoing.

She said: “Following a police investigation throughout the Dawlish area, including CCTV trawls, a check of Albina’s phone and a forensic post-mortem; Investigators can confirm that there was no third party involvement and that Albina Yevko’s death is not suspicious.

“Our research shows that Albina has settled into the UK very well since moving from Ukraine and has enjoyed living by the sea and being part of a new family.

“She had made good friends in Britain, both Ukrainian and English, enjoyed school and was made very welcome by the local community.

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a teenager in South Devon over the weekend. On the evening of March 4, officers were called with reports of a 14-year-old girl missing in the Dawlish area. Local searches took place with the support of the police helicopter and coastguard and one person was found unconscious on Dawlish beach. She was then flown to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where she sadly later died. Formal identification has taken place and the girl has been referred to as Albina Yevko, a Ukrainian citizen living in the Dawlish area. Albina's mother, Inna Yevko, paid tribute to her daughter: “My family and I are devastated to have lost our beautiful Albina. https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/news/newsarticle/ceadbf9b-dfbc-ed11-9d53-6045bdd24049 Credit Devon & Cornwall Police

Albina Yevko had lived in the Dawlish area (Image: Devon & Cornwall Police)

“We have informed Albina’s next of kin of our findings and ask that their privacy be respected at such a difficult time.

“The role of the police is to continue to collect information on this matter and to provide a file to the coroner who will conduct an inquest into this death in due course.

“We would like to thank everyone who has assisted us in our investigation of this matter. Our thoughts are with everyone who knew Albina at this tragic time.’

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Albina’s mother, Inna Yevko, said in a statement shared by police: “Me and my family are devastated to have lost our beautiful Albina.

“Nothing can ever replace her in our hearts. We ask that our privacy be respected at this incredibly painful time.’

Anyone with information who has not yet spoken to officers is asked to contact 101@dc.police.uk quoting case reference 50230052081.

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