Murdered student who vanished for almost two weeks had a ‘bright future ahead’


A young student who was tragically murdered and her body discovered almost two weeks after she vanished had a “bright future ahead”.

Somaiya Begum was said to have been a “dedicated” and “excellent” student at Leeds Beckett University, where she was studying biomedical science.

The body of the 20-year-old from Bradford, was found just a mile from where she lived after a two-week hunt.

Somaiya was last seen on June 25 at her home in Bradford and was reported missing the next day.

Officers discovered her body near the city centre after the lengthy search and her uncle Mohammed Taroos Khan, 52, appeared at the city’s crown court yesterday, charged with her murder.

He did not enter a plea during the brief hearing and will appear before the court again in September.

Two other men and two women were previously arrested but released on bail last week.

Now, Somaiya’s university has spoken about her tragic passing. Dr Jim Boyne, head of biomedical sciences at Leeds Beckett, said she had a bright future ahead of her.

He said: “Leeds Beckett University is deeply saddened by this tragic news. Our hearts go out to all those who knew and loved Somaiya at this terribly distressing time.

“Somaiya had settled into life at Leeds Beckett University well and had a bright future ahead of her.

“She was thriving on her degree in biomedical science, displaying an excellent academic skill set.

“Somaiya passed the first year of her studies with very high marks and had chosen the modules she wished to study in year two of her degree.

“Somaiya was a dedicated student who was well liked by her peers and tutors and will be missed.”

During the hunt for the student, detectives said they were “extremely concerned” for her safety following her disappearance, which they said was “completely out of character”.

Cops searching for Somaiya trawled CCTV and went house-to-house to try and find out what had happened.

Then last week, police discovered a body around 7:35pm on Thursday evening.

At the time, a West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “Extensive enquiries have been carried out since she was reported missing on the 26 June to find her, officers would like to thank the community in assisting the investigation which is ongoing.

“A 52 year old man has been re-arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody at this time.”