TRAGICAL 10-year-old Sara Sharif never smiled or laughed when she lived with her father, neighbors say – it turns out police were in contact with the family before her death.
Alleged murder victim Sara was reportedly taken out of school and homeschooled.
She was described as “reserved and quiet” by a neighbor who feared she was being isolated from other children her age.
Sara was found dead by police at a house in the Horsell area of Woking, Surrey, in the early hours of August 10.
An autopsy could not determine the cause of death but described the “multiple and extensive” injuries she sustained.
She was found with Surrey Police after an emergency call from her father, Urfan, from Pakistan.
The international manhunt for Urfan, 41, along with his partner Beinash Batool, 29, and Sara’s uncle Faisal Malik, 28, continues.
Batool told his flatmates Sara is being homeschooled after she was bullied by classmates for wearing a hijab, according to the BBC reported.
A neighbor, who asked not to be named, said he had raised concerns about how “difficult” it was to home-raise Sara and raise a baby.
They also told Urfan’s partner Sara that she “needed to be with kids her own age,” while describing the girl as “reserved and quiet.”
The neighbor added: “She often carried the baby in her arms and sometimes I saw her playing with him.
“I never saw her smile or laugh.”
It was revealed earlier this week that Sara was known to social services.
Surrey Police said they had had contact with her family going back “a number of years” – although it was “historic and limited”.
Police officers from the National Crime Agency are working with Interpol and Pakistani officials to find the three suspects.
Meanwhile, Sara’s distraught mother has dismissed the girl’s uncle’s claims that she fell down the stairs before her death as “lies”.
Olga Sharif also warned fugitive father Urfan that he could not “hide forever” while urging him to return her teenage son out of concerns for his safety.
Urfan’s brother, Imran Sharif, was questioned in Pakistani police custody, where he suspected Sara had fallen down the stairs.
Imran, who has not been charged or arrested, made the statement to police after police searched the home of the Sharif family in Jhelum, 84 miles south of the Pakistani capital Islamabad.
But Olga, 36, dismissed his explanation and insisted Urfan provided answers himself.
She told The Sun: “When there’s been an accident you don’t leave the country secretly.
“The The only person I want answers from is Urfan. He needs to be questioned about what happened to my daughter.
Sara’s mother Olga is asking for information about her daughter’s death[/caption]
Sara’s father, Urfan Sharif, is the subject of an international manhunt[/caption]
Police also want to track down Urfan’s partner, Beinash Batool[/caption]