11-Year-Old Schoolgirl Whose Body was Found in a River Is Daughter of Novelist

January 24, 2018 Updated: September 26, 2019

A missing 11-year-old girl whose body was found in a river is the daughter of a well-known novelist.

Ursula Keogh was found in a river on the outskirts of Halifax, West Yorkshire, in the north of the UK, on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

She was last seen in the centre of the town in her school uniform on Monday afternoon.

Police have said there are no suspicious circumstances but it is still unclear how Ursula made her way to the river, or how she died.

West Yorkshire police said her body had been formally identified and they are now “working to establish the full circumstances and will prepare a file for the coroner.”

They added in a statement, “Her family are being supported by specialist officers and have requested for privacy at this extremely difficult time.”

Ursula’s mother is Nicky Harlow, author of the novel “Amelia and the Virgin”, which was published in 2011.

She also lectures in creative writing for the Open University and has been an extra for the TV series “A Touch of Frost”.

In September 2017 she posted a picture of Ursula to Facebook on the young girl’s first day of high school (junior high in the US).

Police first announced Ursula’s body had been found at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night.

A spokesman told MailOnline at the time, “Enquiries will remain ongoing to determine a cause of the death, however, at this stage, it is not believed there are any suspicious circumstances.”

“A formal identification will take place in the coming days and Ursula’s family have been informed of the discovery.”

Ursula’s school, Lightcliffe Academy, is planning to hold a special assembly to remember the 11-year-old.

They said in a statement, “Following the tragic death last night of our student Ursula Keogh, the academy is open today as we look to support students and the whole academy community with this heartbreaking loss.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ursula’s family and friends and at this very difficult time.”

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