The family of policewoman Heather Cooper whose body was found in woods near Lurgashall have paid tribute to her as a ‘devoted mother’.
The 33-year-old’s body was found in Blackdown Woods on Sunday (October 16).
Surrey Police said a post-mortem examination found she died from a blow to the head and a stab wound to the throat.
Former police detective Peter Foster, 35, of West Street, Haslemere, Surrey, has been charged with the murder of the mother-of-two who was his partner.
He appeared at Lewes Crown Court this morning (Friday, October 21).
A statement from her family said: ““As a family we are devastated by the loss of Heather in such tragic circumstances. She was a much loved daughter, sister and granddaughter as well as a devoted mother to her children.
“Heather was popular amongst everyone she knew and we have been touched by all the flowers and tributes we have received from her friends and her colleagues.
“She was extremely proud to serve as a police officer, often going above and beyond in her duty, and her dedication and professionalism were recognised and commended.
“Heather always had lots of energy, so much so her initials H.S.C. could have stood for ‘High Speed Cooper’. She loved life and she lived it to the full.
“We would like to thank our family, friends and the police in Surrey and in Sussex for the support they have given us during this difficult time.
“We would ask that our privacy be respected and we are left alone to grieve.”
Heather was a serving detective constable with Surrey Police having joined the force in 2003 and worked in the Public Protection Investigation Unit based at Guildford Police Station.
She was on maternity leave at the time of her death.