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My wonderful daughter and my best friend; MUM'S TRIBUTE TO MURDERED AMY.

Byline: JEANETTE OLDHAM

THE mother of murdered schoolgirl Amy Williams spoke movingly of her daughter last night and said: 'She was my best friend who will always be in my heart.'

And police have released the last photograph of the 14 year-old - taken on Christmas Day, just two days before she was found strangled.

Wearing the pink tracksuit police are still searching for, the six months pregnant teenager posed happily, every inch the proud mum-to-be.

But Amy's naked body was found dumped in a graveyard 12 hours after she was last seen leaving her uncle's Boxing Day party.

As cops continued to question a 27 year-old Telford man about the murder last night, her mother paid a loving tribute to her daughter, who was due to give birth in April.

Heartbroken Jane Chattel, 39, said: 'Amy was a wonderful girl. She enjoyed all the things that teenage girls enjoy. She had many friends who she enjoyed spending time with.

'She loved all her friends and family - she was kind, warm-hearted and full of fun. She was always great company to be around and she made me smile if I felt down.

'She was my best friend as well as a wonderful daughter. She was a massive part of my life which I have sadly lost and which cannot be replaced.'

She added: 'A part of my future has been lost but it is some comfort that I still have loving memories of Amy. She will be sadly missed.

'I would like to say to her: 'You will always be in my heart. I love you Amy. Love Mum XXXX'.'

A27 year-old from Amy'shometown of Telford was arrested on Thursday afternoon.

Amy's uncle, Dean Neal, said: 'I've got no idea who they arrested. I can tell you this, it's not a family member.'

Police still want to hear from the public about Amy's missing hours.

Det Chief Insp Dave Morgan, from West Mercia Police, said earlier this week that the 12 hours up to her body being found were a 'black hole'.

Yesterday he revealed police were now studying CCTV footage showing the teenager in the Sutton Hill area at about 10.30pm on Sunday, 26 December.

The youngster was alone, appeared 'fit and well' and was not in any distress.

Mr Morgan said: 'This CCTV is very helpful to us as it gives us vital information about Amy's movements on Boxing Day evening. However, we remain extremely keen to get more information and we would repeat our appeals for people who may be able to help us to come forward.'

Amy was snatched off the street and strangled after leaving a Boxing Day party at her uncle Adam Neal's house in Sutton Hill, Telford.

Her naked body was discovered in the graveyard of St Michael's Church near her family home in Madeley. But police later said there had been no signs of a sexual assault.

Amy had left the party alone aftertelling a pal she was going home, adding: 'Tell mum I'll be all right.'

Mum Jane stayed at the party and found Amy missing when she returned home later.

Detectives in the 60-strong murder team are trying to discover what happened to Amy between her leaving the party and the discovery of her body.

DCI Morgan said: 'Those 12 hours are currently a mystery and it is vital we piece together whatAmywas doing and where she went.'

Friends and shocked locals yesterday added to the mountain of bouquets placed outside St Michael's Church. The solemness of the occasion was broken only by the muffled sobs ofAmy's former classmates from nearby Lord Silkin School.

Among those who have broughtflowers was James Love, the 16 year-old father of her unborn child. A card placed beside his bunch of pink roses read: 'To Amy and my beloved daughter, you will always be in my heart and I will never forget the good times we had together and I will always love you.'

Mr Love has been interviewed by police as a potential witness to Amy's movements on the night she was attacked.

Amy's best friend Lauren Millington told the Sunday Mercury she was missing Amy dreadfully.

'I can't believe she's gone,' she said. 'I'd heard they'd found the body of a woman. When I heard it was Amy I couldn't bear it.'

Lauren, 14, who sat next to Amy at school, said: 'Every time I close my eyes I see her face. I'm having nightmares too. We're all frightened to go out now. 'The boys walk us girls home and my dad's bought me an alarm for around my neck. But even when the killer is caught, there'll still be more out there. 'I don't feel safe anymore.'

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HAPPY TIMES: Amy with her friend Elisha Sharp; SCHOOLGIRL: Amy on a school trip in 2001; FUN-LOVING: Amy in June 2003 and, left, in playful mood
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