TRIBUTES have been paid to a “friendly and sweet” woman whose body was found in woodland near Raikes Lane in October last year.
Friends of Rebecca Mey, aged 37, from Redditch in Worcestershire, said she was “constantly smiling” and “full of life” during the time they spent together.
The friends said they met Ms Mey, who they knew as Abbie Yeadon, when she was living in Birmingham and socialising in the city’s Goth scene.
Tammy Turnbull, aged 36, who now lives in Derbyshire said: “Abbie became part of our regular crowd in the 1990s and we enjoyed many get-togethers and nights out on a weekly basis, as well as weekends away at the Whitby Gothic weekend.
“She was a lovely person and was always smiling, but she moved away and we lost touch with her at some point between 2007 and 2009.
“Recently a friend tried to find her on the internet and made the shocking discovery which has left us all feeling sad and confused — she will be remembered and missed by all of us.”
Another friend, Sarah Fogarty, said: “She was a lovely, bubbly person. It was always a pleasure to hang out with her and she will be sadly missed. It is such a tragic loss.”
Louise Griffiths said: “Although we lost touch I would often look through old photos and wonder how she was or what she was doing, so she was never forgotten.
“She has been taken too soon but I do hope that, whatever battles or demons she was dealing with, she is finally at peace.”
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An inquest at Bolton Coroner’s Court in December was told that her body was found six weeks after she had last been seen by her boyfriend, David Howe, in Manchester in August, and the cause of her death remains a mystery.
The 37-year-old suffered with severe migraines, which had caused her to lose several jobs, the inquest heard.
A written submission from her mother, Victoria Moore, said she had not been in touch with her daughter since June.
Police found no evidence of foul play during their investigation and a forensic pathologist was unable to give a cause of death from post-mortem examinations.
Coroner Alan Walsh said there was a “degree of mystery” about the death and that it was unclear why Ms Mey came to Bolton.
Now her friends want to know where Ms Mey has been laid to rest.
Mrs Turnbull said: “We would all like to pay our respects — we want people to know that Abbie was not a loner and was very much liked by a lot of people.
“She was a lovely person and never seemed unhappy, so it has been a real shock for all of us.”