Student, 21, working as carer for elderly mysteriously found dead on beach
The family of a student found dead on a beach yards from her phone and slippers in the early hours of the morning are calling for answers surrounding her mysterious death.
The body of Blessing Ayomide Adetutu Olusegun was found on a beach in Bexhill-On-Sea on the East Sussex coast, just hours after speaking to her boyfriend and a pal.
The 21-year-old from Eltham, south London, was staying in the quiet seaside town as she was on a week long placement as a live-in carer for elderly people suffering from dementia.
The business student last spoke to her boyfriend and a close family friend at around 1am, when she asked them to stay on the phone as she went for a walk on the beach.
Her body was found lying on the beach stones near Galley Hill at 6.20am on the morning of September 18, Sussex Police confirmed.
Blessing’s iPhone and slippers were discovered just a couple of metres away from her body, her family said.
A postmortem, carried out on September 24, was found to be inconclusive and police are treating the death as unexplained, though not suspicious.
Blessing’s close friend Christiana Sofolabo and her family are desperately trying to piece together what happened to her.
Christiana, who worked with Blessing, said: “This case has been very mysterious from the start.
“The police said out of all the 10 CCTV cameras in the area, only one shady camera shot shows blessing walking. We don’t know how she got on to the beach.
“We also want the world to come together to help us find out what happened to our Blessing. We want to find out how she died.”
A fundraising campaign has been launched by Blessing’s family to help change the system so CCTV cameras can be made available to cover the beach and other local areas to help police with their investigations.
The campaign has raised £3,500 so far, with the target being £7,000.
Christiana added: “We would like to thank everyone in advance, for helping us fund this campaign.”
“As you can tell Blessing means so much to us, her friends and family who love Blessing.
“She shined so much light into all our lives, she was the most kind, loyal, beautiful, amazing, god-fearing, enigmatic young woman we ever had a pleasure to be around.
“She cared for us a lot. We love you Blessing Ayomide Adetutu Olusegun. We love you so much. Our angel. Rest in perfect angelic peace.
We are planning a march to Parliament. Let’s make noise. We can’t allow our beautiful black African women to die in vain. “
Esther Abe, Blessing’s mother, said the whole family was devastated by her death.
The 39-year-old said: “Blessing was a lovely and supportive child. She was hardworking and always ready to put smiles on everybody around her.
“I am really heartbroken at this stage that her life was cut short. Her brothers are finding it hard to believe she is gone. I am really sad and devastated.”
The GoFundMe page will also help the family cover the costs of Blessing’s burial.
Further forensic tests are now being carried out to establish the cause of death, Sussex Police said.
A spokesman for the police said: “Police enquiries are continuing in liaison with the Coroners Officer.”
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