Devastated family's tribute to woman believed to have been murdered

The heartbroken family of a 34-year-old woman who was found dead in her home have paid tribute to her as a "kind-hearted, gentle and selfless person".

Saturday, 19th May 2018, 2:06 pm
Updated Saturday, 19th May 2018, 2:11 pm
Jessica Patel

Jessica Patel was found with serious injuries after police were called to a house on The Avenue in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough at 8.20pm on Monday, May 14.

Her family said today: “We have lost Jessica, a kind-hearted, gentle and selfless person who was loved dearly by her family and friends.

"She was completely dedicated to all of her family and her loss has brought an unbearable pain.

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“We as a family are devastated and we would kindly request that everyone respects our privacy and allows us the time to grieve in peace.”

Jessica worked at a nearby pharmacy.

Police have charged a 36-year-old man with her murder.

He was due to appear before Teesside Magistrates Court today.