Teenager Danielle Formosa found dead at Consett children's home

Danielle Formosa is believed to have been friends with Sarah Clerkson, who was found hanging at a County Durham house party

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Tributes have been paid to a 14-year-old girl who was found dead at a North East children’s home the week before Christmas.

Danielle Formosa died at East Farmhouse Children’s Home in Consett, County Durham, on Tuesday December 17.

Police have said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death and an inquest will be opened at Crook Civic Centre, in County Durham, this morning.

Danielle, who is from Sunderland, is believed to have been friends with Sarah Clerkson.

Sarah, 14 and also from Sunderland, was found hanged at her home in Spennymoor, County Durham, following a house party earlier this month.

Following her death, friends had said that Sarah was bullied because of her looks in the weeks leading up to the tragedy.

A message on Danielle’s Facebook page read that she found the alleged bullies ‘absolutely disgusting’ and it felt ‘just like yesterday’ that the two of them were together.

She added: “Love you, sarah, in so much shock it’s unreal. God always takes the best from us, sleep tight gorgeous, you will always be missed.”

Dozens turned to Facebook to pay tribute to Danielle, who was a keen footballer.

Paul Summerside said: “God bless you Danielle. A privilege to coach you 2 years at Redby Ladies FC. Fantastic player on the pitch, smashing girl off it. Rip.”

Jess Venner said: “I’m so proud to say I knew you, you were an amazing girl, Dan. Posting on here won’t bring you back but I love you so much.”

A spokesman for Minster Homes said: “We are currently liaising with and co-operating with Durham Constabulary.”

A spokeswoman for Durham Police said yesterday: “Police attended an address in Consett at around 9:50am on Tuesday December 17 in response to reports of the sudden death of a 14 year old girl. A post mortem examination has taken place and there appears to be no suspicious circumstances.”

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