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Missing Samantha Henderson: Floral tributes laid in Corfe Castle

the Cross in Corfe Castle square Image copyright helpfindsamanthahenderson
Image caption Floral tributes and tea-light candles have been laid at the Cross in Corfe Castle square

Floral tributes have been laid in the Dorset village of missing mother Samantha Henderson, following news that police have found a body.

Dorset Police requested people wishing to pay tribute to the 25-year-old mother of four, to do so at the Cross in Corfe Castle, Isle of Purbeck.

Bouquets have been placed by the monument as well as tea-light candles.

The body was found in a lake in the Hamworthy area of Poole more than a week after Ms Henderson disappeared.

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Image caption Samantha Henderson was last seen outside Corfe Castle Primary School on 21 January

The coroner has been made aware and, although formal identification has not yet taken place, her next of kin have been informed.

Ms Henderson's partner, Dominic Isom, pleaded not guilty to her murder, when he appeared at Winchester Crown Court.

The local community have expressed their grief and condolences on Purbeck Police's Facebook post about the floral tributes for Ms Henderson.

Emma Poytress wrote: "Thank you to the Purbeck Police for all you've done to find her and bring her family and children some closure. Rest now. You are with the angels."

The people behind the Help Find Samantha Henderson Facebook page are looking to set up a fund-raising page for her four children.

Ms Henderson, of Halves Cottages, was reported missing at 08:43 GMT on Thursday 22 January.

The last confirmed sighting of her was at about 15:00 the previous day outside Corfe Castle Primary School in East Street.

Her children are being cared for by relatives.

Mr Isom, 27, appeared in court on Friday and was remanded in custody until 22 May.

A trial has been set for July.

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