The family of a woman, discovered dead in West Sussex say the light in their life is now “extinguished”.

The family of Christina Abbotts from Crawley have paid tribute to her, as “sweet” and “loving”.

The 29-year-old was found dead at a flat in Highams Hill in Crawley.

She failed to turn up to plans with friends in London on Friday night (May 25), and her concerned friends contacted police.

Her family said:

“Christina, our sweet loving daughter and best friend, educated at Cirencester and Oxford, will be sorely missed.

“This independent lady, a much travelled person was taken from us far too early.

“Her friends in London and parts of the UK will also be grieving. 

“The light in our life is now extinguished.

“Love forever from our family.”

Family pay tribute to "loving daughter" Christina Abbotts

Zahid Naseem, 47, from Amersham in Buckinghamshire has been charged with murder.

He appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Monday (May 28).

Mr Naseem has been remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday (May 30).

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Heater said:

“We are supporting Christina’s family and they have asked for privacy at this time.

“We are investigating the circumstances of her death and are keen to hear anyone who might have seen or heard anything which might help with our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police online quoting Operation Grayhill.

Alternatively, it is possible to visit Crimestoppers contacting the charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.