Heartbroken family’s tribute to ‘well loved’ teenage girl found dead

Tributes have flooded in for a “well loved” 16-year-old girl discovered dead in a forested area close to the boarding school she attended. Caitlyn Scott-Lee was preparing for her GCSEs when she was found near Wycombe Abbey School in Buckinghamshire.

The police are not treating the tragedy as suspicious although it is currently categorised as “unexplained”.

Caitlyn’s devastated family spoke glowingly about their daughter in a heartbreaking tribute. 

They said: “Caitlyn was a well loved member of the Wycombe Abbey community and had a particular passion for the theatre, arts, music, and the environment.

“Caitlyn was gifted with autism and had an ability to see the world uniquely and thrive at her boarding house.

“Caitlyn enjoyed nature, the environment, sustainability, and birds.”

The family has requested that mourners send donations to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in her honour.

Caitlyn’s dad was a senior executive at HSBC while her mum is a chartered accountant. They were abroad when the tragedy occurred and flew back to the UK when they were told.

The schoolgirl used to attended the Hong Kong branch of Wycombe Abbey, which costs £44,000 a year.

Her dad wrote an article about the school while the family lived overseas.

He said: “Caitlyn, has always had an affinity for the UK, and she had it in her own mind to really want to go to boarding school.

“We did extensive research from abroad and looked at the top boarding schools in the UK and Wycombe Abbey in the UK was a great fit for Caitlyn.

“However, it was Caitlyn’s exemplary work ethic and motivation that led to her eventually gain a place at Wycombe Abbey UK.”

Actress Sally Phillips attended the school, as did various other actors, sportspeople and high-ranking professionals.

Founded in 1896, Wycombe Abbey currently has 656 pupils with 591 boarders.

This is the third major tragedy in recent years; in 2019 the school was struck by two separate deaths of pupils.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “Thames Valley Police was called to the Wycombe Abbey School at around 11.40pm on Friday after a 16-year-old girl was sadly found to have died.

“Her death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.”

In an email to parents in Caitlyn’s year this week, headmistress Jo Duncan said: “They are a close year group and, as you will understand, they are very shocked and upset.

“It is an extremely difficult time for everyone and we will do our utmost to provide the additional pastoral care the girls will need.

“I am sure that you will join me and everyone at Wycombe Abbey in sending our deepest sympathies to Caitlyn’s parents, siblings and wider family who are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.”

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