Monday, 26 Feb 2024

International manhunt for dad, stepmother and uncle of 'murdered' girl, 10

The father of a 10-year-old girl who was found dead at his home in the UK is now being tracked down by police in Pakistan. 

Young Sara Sharif’s body was discovered by officers inside a semi-detached house in the village of Horsell, near Woking, Surrey, in the early hours of the morning last Thursday.

Her dad Urfan Sharif left the country ‘on one way tickets’ along with his partner Beinash Batool and his brother Faisal Malik just one day before she was found.

They are all now being treated as suspects in the murder investigation, police have confirmed, and are believed to be in Pakistan.

It has emerged that Sara had ‘suffered multiple and extensive injuries over a sustained and extended period’, which has ‘significantly changed the nature’ of the police investigation.

Detective superintendent Mark Chapman, from the Surrey Police and Sussex Police major crime team, issued an update on Friday evening.

He said it is believed Mr Sharif, Ms Beinash and Mr Malik travelled to Islamabad on August 9, a day before Sara was found.

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

Yesterday, the BBC had spoken to a travel agent in her home town who said he was contacted by someone known to Sara, wanting to buy tickets for three adults and five children.

The booking was made on August 8 and they flew the following day.

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.

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

Sara was found at around 2.50am on Thursday, August 10 in Hammond Road.


Det Supt Chapman said: ‘Firstly, on behalf of Surrey Police, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences following Sara’s tragic death.

‘Our thoughts are with her mother at this difficult time. We also fully appreciate the impact this devastating incident will have had within the local community.

‘While the post-mortem has not provided us with an established cause of death at this time, the fact that we now know that Sara had suffered multiple and extensive injuries over a sustained and extended period has significantly changed the nature of our investigation, and we have widened the timescale of the focus of our enquiry.

‘As a result, we are trying to piece together a picture of Sara’s lifestyle but we cannot do this without the public’s help.

‘That is why we are appealing for anyone who knew Sara, had any form of contact with her, or has any other information about her, no matter how insignificant it might seem, to come forward as soon as possible.’


He added: ‘In the meantime, I would like to reassure you that we are doing everything possible, including working with our partners and international agencies, to ensure that those responsible for Sara’s tragic and untimely death are brought to justice.’

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’ and told The Sun that her life ‘will never be the same again’.

The 36-year-old said: ‘There is nothing I can do that can bring her back to life, so I have to only remember the good times with her now. Life is really hard. It’s just not fair.’

Olga claimed she was only allowed to see Sara twice since 2019 and added: ‘I couldn’t see my daughter for four years, and now she is dead. She’s only a kid, she had done nothing wrong.’ 

She also claims she was sent regular photos of Sara up until 2021 until an argument with Urfan’s new partner meant she was cut off completely.

Locals spoke of their shock and fear the day after Sara’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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