Family of teen stabbed to death on UK visit vows to get justice for ‘baby girl’

Canadian Ashley Wadsworth, 19, was found stabbed to death in Chelmsford in Essex after traveling to the UK to see her boyfriend and now her big sister Hailey has vowed to get justice for her

Ashley Wadsworth with her boyfriend Jack Sepple in London
Ashley Wadsworth with her boyfriend Jack Sepple in London

The sister of a Canadian teenager stabbed to death after flying to the UK to meet her new boyfriend has vowed “we will get justice baby girl”.

Ashley Wadsworth, 19, was found dead at a block of flats in Chelmsford, Essex, at about 4pm on Tuesday after concerned neighbors called police.

She was due to fly back home to Canada just two days later on Thursday.

Cops swarmed a housing estate after receiving reports of a domestic disturbance and paramedics tried to revive Ashley who sadly died at the scene.

The tragic teen, from Vernon, Canada, had traveled to England on November 12 to visit boyfriend Jack Sepple.

Ashley posted pics on Facebook of her trip to the UK

Detectives are currently questioning a 23-year-old man on suspicion of murder and said they are not looking for anyone else at present.

Now Ashley’s elder sister Hailey has promised to get justice for her in a comment to a Facebook post from her sibling on January 11 where she wrote: “More photos of our trip to London.”

Ashley could be seen with her boyfriend at various London landmarks.

Sister Hailey posted on Facebook



Hailey wrote: “My poor baby sister we will get justice baby girl I love you so much I miss you everyday your big sissy loves you.”

Ashley had earlier posted other snaps from her trip with the couple seen smiling as they posed for pics in Chelmsford as well as London.

Replying to Hailey’s comment people offered their condolences with one saying: “So deeply sorry for your devastating loss.”

Ashley’s body was found two days before she was due to return to Canada

The couple are seen smiling in snaps from days out

Many have written tributes for Ashley including a friend in Canada, Larissa Kontos, who said: “I’ve been trying to come up with words for hours. I have wrote out a post and then deleted it. Because nothing I say will bring you back.

“I will miss our conversations, you were always messaging me telling me the newest thing you saw on how a person can get pregnant! I will miss seeing your smile and beautiful face! You will be truly missed by so many. Shine bright girly. “

Ashley’s great aunt Tova Wadsworth said: “Ashley was a beautiful young lady and full of love and kindness for all in her life.

Ashley was on the trip of a lifetime

“This was a trip of a lifetime… Nothing of this makes any sense.

“Her family is heartbroken and struggles to understand'”

Ashley was said to be excited to live abroad as she wanted to escape “small town life” in her home of Vernon, Canada.

The teen converted to the Church of the Latter-day Saints at the age of 18 and was described as a “woman of great faith.”

Fellow churchgoer Daniel Seaman said: “She was in England to live with her boyfriend, she was excited to live abroad and she always wanted to get out of the small town life in Vernon, BC.

“She was kind and energetic, she always jumped in with both feet to everything she did! She also was a woman of great faith, and she came to find that faith when she was 18 but immediately dove in to share her faith with others and help them live a better life.

“She had even wanted to share her faith with her boyfriend just weeks before her murder.”

Essex Police have not officially confirmed Ashley Wadsworth’s identity.

Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Scott Egerton, said: “We are at the early stages of our investigation and are working to build a picture of what happened yesterday.

“This incident took place in a residential area so I know it’s likely to cause concern for those living nearby but we have made a quick arrest and do not believe there is a risk to the wider public.

“There will continue to be a visible police presence in the area throughout today.

“If you have any concerns or any information please come and speak to one of our officers.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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