Father's tribute to 'caring' Sian
The father of Sian O'Callaghan paid an emotional tribute to his "bright, bubbly, caring and friendly" daughter this afternoon.
Mick O'Callaghan fought back tears as he spoke publicly for the first time since his 22-year-old daughter's body was found last Thursday.
He described the family's pain as "raw and overwhelming".
Flanked by Miss O'Callaghan's older brother Liam at Swindon's Gablecross Police Station, he spoke on behalf of the whole family, including his wife Elaine and Miss O'Callaghan's partner Kevin Reape.
He said: "As a family we wanted to express a few words about our beautiful daughter, a wonderful sister to Liam, Lora and Aiden and loving girlfriend to Kevin.
"Sian was a bubbly, friendly, caring and loving girl.
"She was instantly likeable, beautiful and considerate.
"Although our pain at this time is raw and overwhelming, our memories of Sian will be a comfort to us in the dark days ahead."
He went on to thank the police team, led by Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, and the people of Swindon for the support the family has received.
He said: "We would like to firstly thank Steven Fulcher and his team for their exhaustive work in finding and bringing Sian back to us so speedily.
"Elaine and I, Kevin, Liam, Lora and Aiden would like to thank all our friends and family for their continued support. Words cannot express how comforting this has been for us.
"We would also like to thank the community in Swindon for their overwhelming kindness and support.
"The sheer numbers of people involved in the searches, the vigils, flowers, lantern lighting and murals to Sian are incredibly touching and beautiful. Thank you.
"It only leaves me to say a thank you to the press and media for their respect of our privacy for us as a family at this dreadful time and may we ask you to continue that respect of privacy for the coming, difficult months."
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