Natasha's parents tell of their pain

NATASHA Coombs' devastated parents have told how they are missing their “darling princess” and thanked well-wishers for their messages of support.The body of the tragic teenager was found two weeks after she disappeared following a night out with friends in Ipswich.

NATASHA Coombs' devastated parents have told how they are missing their “darling princess” and thanked well-wishers for their messages of support.

The body of the tragic teenager was found two weeks after she disappeared following a night out with friends in Ipswich.

Police believe the 17-year-old former East Bergholt High School student from Dovercourt was struck by a train more than a mile from Manningtree station and is thought to have been in thick undergrowth near the track for a fortnight before she was found.

There has been an outpouring of grief from her friends with many leaving flowers at the scene while others have created touching tribute videos which have been posted on the internet.

Her grief-stricken parents Joanne and Gary Coombs thanked well-wishers for their tributes on an internet website page set up to help find their daughter.

Mr Coombs, 48, said: “I want to let you all know how moved my wife and I are by the wonderful tributes you have made to our darling princess.

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“We cannot begin to tell you how much we are hurting and missing her so much. Together we will keep her memory alive....she was so blessed to have so many true friends.

“Your response has made Joanne and I very happy and even more proud of our Tashi. God bless everyone.”

Police said the popular teenager, who had just started work at a property company in Colchester, was thought to be upset about a break-up with her boyfriend Josh Brennan, 18, when she vanished.

Police investigated the circumstances surrounding Natasha's death and the details passed to the Essex coroner although it is not thought there were any suspicious circumstances.

Natasha is due to be laid to rest at funeral service at St Nicholas Church in Harwich next week.

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