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Tributes to Sabrina Goacher found dead in woodland near Church Road, Tunbridge Wells

A popular photographer found dead in woodland in Tunbridge Wells has been remembered by colleagues as "perfect".

The body of Sabrina Goacher was discovered in a grassy area off Church Road, near Tunbridge Wells and Rusthall Commons, at just before 9pm on Monday, shortly after she was reported missing by friends and family.

A post-mortem completed on Tuesday was unable to establish the cause of the 30-year-old's death and further tests are to be carried out over the coming days.

A local man in his 30s, who was known to Miss Goacher, was arrested following her death and has been bailed while inquiries continue.

Police did not confirm why the man was arrested.

Miss Goacher was a popular photographer who worked with local festivals and bands as well as being employed as a front of house supervisor at West Kent College.

She also worked on-and-off at Cassidy's Sports Bar in Castle Street for 12 years, where she is fondly remembered by staff.

Landlord John Hoare said: "Sabrina was absolutely super for us.

Sabrina Goacher (15470554)
Sabrina Goacher (15470554)

"She was a diminutive, lovely girl but she had no problem telling people to leave when they were being rowdy. Everyone seemed to respond to her, it was beautiful to watch.

"It's difficult to describe someone who was just so lovely. Nothing was ever too much trouble, she always turned up to shifts on time and was always willing to do other people's.

"She last worked for us 18 months ago, but would always say she was available if needed. Bar staff come and go but she went and was still somehow always around for us.

"Photography was her real passion and she took a lot of nice pictures of the pub which we've often used.

"She was perfect. It's so sad."

Cassidy's Sports Bar in Tunbridge Wells where Sabrina Goacher used to work (15612255)
Cassidy's Sports Bar in Tunbridge Wells where Sabrina Goacher used to work (15612255)

Friends have also paid tribute to Miss Goacher on social media, including Matt Lucas who described her as "one of the nicest, most genuine people I've ever met".

James MacLeod wrote: "These last few days have been unbelievable. From the first initial alert to you going missing, until the dreadful news none of us wanted to hear.

"It still hasn't sunk in totally and I guess it won't for sometime. All of your friends being together the last few days is testament to the amazingly beautiful person you truly truly were.

"Thank you for capturing some of the amazing times we all spent together with your amazing eye for a picture, especially the morning of our wedding.

"Having you at our house photographing us getting ready was a memory I will treasure forever, along with all the other times. Sleep peacefully Sabrina."

A police presence at Church Road, Tunbridge Wells
A police presence at Church Road, Tunbridge Wells

Detectives are continuing to investigate her death and are appealing for information from anybody who may have seen her between August 18 and 19.

She had been spotted at 6.17am on Sunday in St John's Road wearing a yellow reversible jacket, and then was seen again six minutes later in Mount Ephraim with the jacket reversed and showing a dark green material with yellow lining.

Miss Goacher is described as being 5ft 4ins tall and of slim build. She was carrying a black patterned handbag that was later recovered by officers.

A forensic tent was put up in Church Road, Tunbridge Wells
A forensic tent was put up in Church Road, Tunbridge Wells

Anyone with information that may help the police investigation is asked to call the appeal line on 01622 653511 quoting reference 19-0719.

Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete the online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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