The girl, 15, became the third teen arrested as police investigated the murder of a musician, 35

The 15-year-old girl became the third teenager to be arrested for the alleged murder of a musician in his bungalow.

The girl was arrested on suspicion of aiding the perpetrator after the death of Edward Reev, 35, whose body was discovered on January 4 at his home in Walkford, near Christchurch, Dorset.

Two 16-year-old boys are still being held on suspicion of murdering a 35-year-old man in an alleged assault that took place at his house for £ 350,000.

Detectives from the homicide squad have already successfully asked the court to issue an order to extend the couple’s detention so that they can interrogate them further.

Part-time musician Edward Reeve, 35, was found dead at his home in Walkford, Christchurch, Dorset, on January 4.

Part-time musician Edward Reeve, 35, was found dead at his home in Walkford, Christchurch, Dorset, on January 4.

The armed police smashed the garage door and then broke into the property with smoke grenades after receiving reports of Mr. Reev’s welfare concerns.

He was found dead because he suffered serious injuries as a result of suspected assault. The real cause of death has not yet been released by the police.

The first 16-year-old from Christchurch was arrested on January 6, and the second from Bournemouth was arrested on January 7.

Dorset police have also extended their request for information and anyone with a flight camera or security record of any suspicious activity in the area back by December 29.

It is believed that Mr. Reeve, a part-time musician who produced his own oak reggae music, was last seen alive on New Year’s Eve.

Reev’s overwhelmed mother Jayne Newey said last week that her son’s life spiraled out of control after he isolated himself during a pandemic and became addicted to cocaine.

The mother of two said a reggae musician who worked at Tesco had bought the bungalow for £ 350,000 after moving to Buckinghamshire.

Miss Newey, 64, a care assistant, said she last saw her son on New Year’s Eve when he asked her for money.

She added: “His whole life has been in chaos. He told me that people were banging on his door because of cocaine debts.

“It started just before Christmas 2020. He had to pay and I had to give him money for it.

“There were times when you came for £ 100 a day. I wanted to see him. “

The armed police smashed the integrated garage door before using smoke grenades to enter the property after receiving reports of Mr. Reev's welfare concerns.

The armed police smashed the integrated garage door before using smoke grenades to enter the property after receiving reports of Mr. Reev’s welfare concerns.

Detective Inspector Simon Huxter of the Dorset Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) said: “We have continued our investigation and have been able to find out more details.

“I am grateful for all the information we have received from the public so far, but I now call for a wider timeframe, as mentioned earlier.

“Therefore, I urge residents and motorists in the Heath Road area to check all CCTV systems or on-board camera footage from December 29 to January 4 and report any suspicious activity they may have witnessed during this period.

“Police officers remain in the area and conduct investigations and may be contacted by community members with any information or concerns.”

Neighbors said Mr Reeve lived alone and believed he had “fallen into the wrong crowd” for the past 18 months.

There were reports of incidents of people who showed up at his home at night and caused a stir by banging on his front door.

Mr Reeve (pictured) was found dead because he suffered serious injuries as a result of suspected assault.  The real cause of death has not yet been released by the police

Mr Reeve (pictured) was found dead because he suffered serious injuries as a result of suspected assault. The real cause of death has not yet been released by the police

Neighbor Bob Hart said: “We only knew Edward to greet him. He held on to himself, but he looked a little lonely.

“I haven’t seen anything suspicious lately – the last six months have actually been pretty quiet.”

“But I think he fit in with the wrong crowd about a year and a half ago. People started visiting every day and night, making a lot of noise screaming and banging on the door.

“It was unusual because it didn’t suit his character at all.”

Anyone with information is advised to contact Dorset Police at 101 or report the information online here.

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