Tributes to 'lovely' mum, 47, found dead in Somerset cottage as two arrested for murder

TRIBUTES have flooded in for a mum found dead in a cottage as cops continue to quiz two men on suspicion of murder.

Sarah Ashwell Joice, 47, was discovered in the home in Somerset on Sunday afternoon.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody.

Tributes have now been paid to the company director, who is understood to be a mum-of-two.

One friend said: "Thoughts with you & your family clever, talented, fierce Mum, Sarah Ashwell Joice.

"May the Angels carry you home. Maybe they needed you home.

"Rest in Power S.A.J".

Another wrote: "R.i.p sarah always remember our laughs at work, you're in the arms of the angels now my friend, until we meet again".

While one pal said: "Cant get my head round this at all…this world is just awful.

"My love and thoughts with your boys not just now but forever more and your family…heartbreaking news."

Neighbours have also spoken of their devastation after the horror unfolded on Sunday.

They allege the woman had a visit from a man on Sunday.

One said Sarah had been living alone at the cottage after a separation.

"It's tragic that a woman has lost her life," a local said.

"We knew that she was separated."


Michaela Collins, 53, said: “I’m really devastated.

"She was a truly lovely lady.

"She was very well-known.

"I’m just so upset.”

Police said they were called by the ambulance service just after 2.30pm on November 7.

"While the cause of the woman’s death is still to be formally established, detectives are currently treating it as suspicious," a spokesperson said.

"A murder enquiry has been launched.

"Formal identification is yet to take place but the woman’s immediate next of kin have been informed and are being supported.

"Our hearts go out to them.

"Two men were arrested overnight on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody."

Officers have urged anyone with information to get in touch.

"If you have any CCTV, dashcam or phone footage of South Street over the weekend which could help, or saw or heard anything suspicious in the area, please call 101 and give the reference 5221261875," the spokesperson said.

"A road closure remains in place in South Street."

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