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Body confirmed as Polish farmhand Danuta Domagalska

Danuta Domagalska
Image caption Danuta Domagalska had been missing since 6 August

Police have confirmed a body found on a County Durham farm is that of missing Polish mother-of-one Danuta Domagalska.

The 27-year-old farmhand had been strangled and placed in a shallow grave at New Moor Farm in Walworth Gate, on the outskirts of Darlington.

Her brother Piotr Lawniczak, 31, was found hanging from a tree close by.

The farm's tenants said they were "devastated" at the murder of Ms Domagalska, who they described as a "hardworking and caring person".

Ms Domagalska, who lived in a cottage near the farm with her husband and brother, was reported missing to police on 6 August after she failed to turn up for work.

Mr Lawniczak, disappeared shortly afterwards and was found hanged in woodland on Wednesday.

'Deeply affected'

Her husband, Marcin Domagalski, has been working with police as a witness.

Detectives involved in the investigation will fly out to Poland next week to meet members of the family.

An inquest into the deaths of Ms Domagalska and Mr Lawniczak is expected to open in the next few days.

Image caption John and Sue Archer said Danuta Domagalska was 'hardworking and caring'

In a statement, the tenant farmers, John and Sue Archer, said they would be opening again for trade at the weekend.

Mrs Archer said: "She loved her job and worked tirelessly, never having a day off sick, even through the coldest December on record last year.

"We believe Danuta and her husband were a strong couple who relied on each other.

"There is no-one here, family or staff that has not been deeply affected by this tragedy."

A file is being prepared for the Crown Prosecution Service.

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