The death of a teenage girl found unconscious on Dawlish beach in south Devon has been declared not suspicious, according to Devon and Cornwall Police. Albina Yevko, 14, a Ukraine national, was reported missing on the evening of March 4, and later found unconscious on the beach. She was airlifted to hospital in Exeter, where she passed away.
Police investigations revealed no third-party involvement in the death of the teenager. A report is being prepared for the coroner as a part of due process. This unfortunate event has shaken the community, and our thoughts are with Albina’s family and friends during this difficult time.
Detective Inspector Becky Davies said: “Following police enquiries undertaken throughout the Dawlish area, including CCTV trawls, review of Albina’s phone and a forensic post mortem investigation, investigative officers can confirm that there was no third party involvement and that the death of Albina Yevko is not suspicious.
“Our investigation shows that Albina had settled very well in the UK since moving from Ukraine and enjoyed living by the sea and being part of a new family. She had made good friends, both Ukrainian and English in the UK, enjoyed school and was very much welcomed by the local community.
“We have informed Albina’s next of kin of our findings and we ask that their privacy is respected at such a difficult time. The police’s role is to continue gathering information surrounding this matter and to submit a file to the coroner who will hold an inquest into this death in due course.
“We would like to thank everyone who has helped us with our investigation into this matter. Our thoughts are with all who knew Albina at this tragic time.”
In a statement issued by the force earlier this week, Albina’s mother, Inna Yevko, said: “Myself and my family are devastated to have lost our beautiful Albina. Nothing can ever replace her in our hearts. We ask that our privacy is respected at this incredibly painful time.”