Family pay tribute to Suffolk holiday murder victim

Sarah Shields
Image caption Sarah Shields was reported missing when she failed to return to Ipswich

The family of a Suffolk woman who was murdered on a two-week holiday in Gran Canaria have paid tribute to her.

Sarah Shields, 23, was reported missing when she failed to return to Ipswich. Her body was discovered on the island on 7 July.

Her mother Angela said Miss Shields' dog Bruiser looks out of the window waiting for her.

A 36-year-old Ipswich man has appeared in court charged with perverting the course of justice.

He was also arrested on suspicion of murder but released on police bail over the charge.

Mrs Shields said: "She was always a happy smiling child. It was like she was born to smile.

"Sarah had such flair for life, she loved clothes and always dressed so lovely both when dressed casually or for a night out.

"We as a family wish to thank everyone for their kind messages and words of comfort.

"We know life will never be the same without Sarah's beautiful smiling face and zest for life."

Last week holidaymakers who stayed in the same resort as Miss Shields were urged to contact police.

UK and Spanish police appealed for people who stayed at Balito Beach Apartments between 28 June and 11 July to contact them.

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