Heartbroken mum pays tribute to 'amazing' girl, 10, after police launch murder investigation
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A heartbroken mum has spoken out after the body of her young daughter was found in a house.
The body of Sara Sharif was discovered at her home in Woking, Surrey, last Thursday (10 August).
Police have launched a murder investigation into the 10-year-old's death, and are searching for three people they believe left the country a day earlier.
In a statement, Surrey Police said the three individuals were 'known to the victim'.
“Inquiries are ongoing to locate the three identified people we would like to speak to in connection with our investigation into the death of a 10-year-old girl in Woking," a spokesperson for the force said.
“Detectives have confirmed that no other people were present at the address when they attended in the early hours of Thursday morning.
“The three people they would like to speak to were known to the victim.”
A post-mortem is set to be carried out today (15 August) to determine Sara's cause of death.
The young girl's mum, Olga, who now lives in Somerset, spoke to The Sun about the devastating news of her death.
The 36-year-old told the outlet that she couldn't believe the news and that her life would never be the same again.
“My life will never be the same again," Olga said. "Sara should be with me right now. She was too young. Sara was an amazing child.
“She had lots of friends at school and she would get on with anyone. Whenever I picked her up I would hear kids shouting ‘Bye Sara’.
“Sara was invited to every birthday party in the class and every sleepover, she was so outgoing, much more social than me.”
The Frozen fan and her mum would spend hours knitting and crocheting, and enjoyed trips together to Marwell Zoo.
“Sara was so beautiful," Olga said. "She was artsy, she loved building and making things. We’d go to Hobbycraft and buy everything that she wanted for supplies.
“She would tell me that ‘I want to be like Mummy’. She was like a younger version of me — but much prettier than her mum.”
She added: “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."
Recalling the moment she learned of Sara's death, Olga, who was on her way back to Poland, said she was told to come back to England immediately.
She said: “He told me she could not say why over the phone, but when I called again they told me to pull over, so we did.
“Then she told me Sara had been found dead in a house and I just burst into tears. It took us six hours to get back to the UK.
"I couldn’t see my daughter for four years, and now she is dead. She’s only a kid. She had done nothing wrong."