- Emoke was reported missing from the Tonbridge Road area of Maidstone
A body has been found in the search for a missing 17-year-old girl in Kent, as tributes pour in from her devastated friends on social media.
Emoke Stebhani, also known as Ray, from Maidstone, was first reported missing from the Tonbridge Road area at around 10.40am yesterday.
Kent Police issued an appeal to help locate her and a thorough search of the surrounding area was conducted.
But police today confirmed they had discovered what they believe to be Emoke’s body.
A spokesperson said: ‘Officers searching for a missing teenage girl have located a body in Maidstone.
Emoke Stebhani, also known as Ray, from Maidstone, was first reported missing from the Tonbridge Road area at around 10.40am yesterday
Kent Police searched Mote Park in Maidstone, where they found human remains
Police today confirmed they had discovered what they believe to be Emoke’s body
Police vehicles and search and rescue teams are pictured at Mote Park
Kent Police issued an appeal to help locate her and a thorough search of the surrounding area was conducted
‘Kent Police attended Mote Park on the evening of Friday, November 17, where the body was located.
‘Formal identification has not yet taken place, however, the family of a 17-year-old girl who was reported missing earlier in the day have been informed.
‘The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report is being prepared for the coroner.’
After the announcement, Emoke’s volleyball club said the teenager would be ‘sorely missed’: ‘It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of our member Emoke Stebhani (Ray), who had gone missing yesterday morning.
‘We extend our heartfelt condolences to Ray’s family and friends during this difficult time. She will be sorely missed by everyone that knew her.’
The club added that Emoke’s teammates will be laying flowers in her memory on Tuesday evening in Mote Park.