The Whakatane father of allegedly murdered student Emily Longley said her body will be brought home from Britain this week for a public memorial service.

Ms Longley's body was found in the bed of on-off boyfriend Elliot Turner at his family home in the seaside resort of Bournemouth in May.

She had been living with her grandparents near Bournemouth since moving from Auckland earlier this year.

Her father, Mark Longley of Whakatane, said the coroner had released her body and she was expected to arrive in Auckland on Thursday, the Herald on Sunday reported.


The family will hold a public memorial service for her on the North Shore before a private cremation with family.

Turner, who has been charged with her murder appeared in court in England last month.

The 20-year-old jewellery store worker, appeared in Winchester Crown Court and was remanded in custody until September 30.

His parents, Leigh and Anita Turner, who are charged with intending to pervert the course of justice by failing to call an ambulance, were bailed until the same date.

Police have not said how Ms Longley died. Drugs were initially suspected but were ruled out following toxicology reports.