Jessica Blake: family's statement
The family of Jessica Blake have written this tribute to their "special girl":
"JESS was no angel but nor was she a bad kid. She was cheeky and mischievous, loving and kind.
"She was the kind of girl who got on with anyone, she never judged and just took people as she found them.
"She filled our lives with fun and laughter, loved us and hugged us, played with us and fought with us, often all at the same time.
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"She was clever and confident, funny and witty and I can still hear her laughing.
"Jess was a lance corporal in Beverley Town Army Cadets, a role she lived and breathed.
"She liked to help me on the allotment when the mood took her but was hopeless at washing up and tidying her bedroom. She always burned the toast and wasn’t very good at cooking anything else either but she was good at maths, could read a map at the age of 13, use a compass, sleep under a basher and live from a mess tin and we wouldn’t have had her any other way.
"The Jess who left home on Saturday lunchtime was laughing and hugging me just before she left. We had a tickle fight on the stairs, a fight she always lost and which always left me with a bruise or two. She told me she loved me for the last time there, as I helped her up, both of us laughing.
"This was the girl all those kind, caring and selfless people were looking for, our daughter Jess, my ‘special girl‘, her big sister’s ‘little sissy’, someone her little brother could look up to and her mother’s ‘baby girl’. Our Jess.
"On the behalf of our family I would like to thank everyone who helped look for Jess, all of you who have paid tribute to her, the army of Facebook users who said such wonderful things and posted so many pictures of Jess and the emergency services for their unstinting professionalism.
"From the officers who searched in all weathers and hours and the PCSOs I met out in a field full of nettles to our family liaison officers and those who comforted us at that most horrible moment at the very last, they gave their all.
"I would like to thank the paramedics for looking after my wife and I and our close family and friends who have helped us on to the path out of this nightmare that has so suddenly surrounded our lives. I won’t name you, you know who you are.
"I would especially like to thank the Army Cadets, particularly Beverley Town CO, Staff Joiner, and Padre Dawson, whose kind words were a great comfort and a light in a terribly dark place for me personally.
"Thank you all and everyone."
Dave Blake, proud father of Jess, our special baby girl.