Family pay tribute to murdered Dawn

A SUFFOLK family has today paid a moving tribute to murder victim Dawn Walker.Miss Walker's charred body was found by a beauty spot in Bury St Edmunds last week.

A SUFFOLK family has today paid a moving tribute to murder victim Dawn Walker.

Miss Walker's charred body was found by a beauty spot in Bury St Edmunds last week.

Her mother, Jean Walker, said: "Dawn was a loving daughter who gave the family so much to remember her by. She grew up with a zest for life and achieved so much.

"Dawn's life has been tragically cut short at a time when she still had so much to offer. She will always be greatly missed by those who knew her."

Investigations are continuing after the 37-year-old fitness fanatic's semi-naked remains were found in an isolated area next to the River Lark, in the wooded Fornham Park.

Mrs Walker said the former King Edward's School pupil had many friends and was very outgoing.

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She said: "She was very hardworking and was able to fulfil many of her ambitions in life. She enjoyed rock climbing and keeping fit.

"Dawn travelled on holiday twice a year to different locations in order to practice her love of scuba diving. She viewed life as a challenge which she faced head on. Although Dawn was a single person, she had a love for her friends' children and would join in with their play."

Officers leading the hunt for Miss Walker's killer are focussing their attentions on an argument heard outside her Oak Close home just 45 minutes after she was last seen.

They are still keen to trace her last known movements and identify the people involved in the row at about 10.15pm on Wednesday, February 2.

Her last believed sighting was at 9.30pm that day at her home. Suspicions were raised when she failed to report to work at a printing firm in Bury St Edmunds the next day.

Mrs Walker said the family has received welcomed support during the probe.

She said: "We would like to thank everyone who has come forward to help with the police investigation into Dawn's death and all those people who have offered support at this time of our great loss. We have received many messages and cards of support which we welcome."

Detective Superintendent Roy Lambert, who is leading the investigation, said: "Although we have had a positive response from the public to date we are still keen to hear from anyone who feels they may have information relating to this offence. No matter how trivial you think that information may be we would urge you to contact us.

"If you were these people or you heard the argument, which we believe went on for several minutes, we need to hear from you. You could have that vital bit of the jigsaw that could help us solve this offence."

Anyone with information should contact Bury St Edmunds police on 01473 613999 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You can also e-mail information to incident.room@suffolk.pnn.police.uk.