Dorset

Family pay tribute to 'fun-loving' mum Samantha Henderson

Samantha Henderson Image copyright Bam Bam, In Loving Memory
Image caption Samantha Henderson was last seen outside Corfe Castle Primary School on 21 January

A mother-of-four whose body was found in a lake was "kind, happy, fun-loving and outgoing", her family has said.

The body of Samantha Henderson, 25, of Corfe Castle, Dorset, was found in a lake in the Hamworthy area of Poole more than a week after she disappeared.

A statement issued through police said her four children "desperately miss their mummy".

It also thanked the local community for helping search for Ms Henderson after she was reported missing on 22 January.

"We are all devastated about what has happened and are still struggling to come to terms with our loss.

"We have gained strength from the many members of the community who rallied together to help in the search for Sam," it added.

Friends of Ms Henderson hope to raise enough money to form a trust fund for her children, aged six, four, two and one.

They have raised almost £6,000 in online donations in the past week.

Detectives have also appealed for anyone travelling on the A351 on 21 or 22 January and captured their journeys on dashboard or helmet cameras to get in touch.

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Image caption Floral tributes and tea-light candles were laid in Corfe Castle in Samantha Henderson's memory

Ms Henderson was last seen at 15:00 at Corfe Castle Primary School on 21 January.

During the eight-day search for Ms Henderson, villagers tied yellow ribbons around their garden gates and car aerials.

Post-mortem tests revealed Miss Henderson had been violently attacked around the head and neck.

Her partner Dominic Isom, 27, of Corfe Castle, pleaded not guilty to her murder at Winchester Crown Court on 30 January.

He is due to stand trial on 13 July.

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