‘Sweet angel’ Gemma Holt loved animals, family says

Gemma Holt. Picture submitted.
Gemma Holt. Picture submitted.
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More details have emerged about a “lovely” young woman who died in a Derbyshire village as tributes continue to pour in.

The body of Gemma Holt, 23, of Station New Road, Tupton, was found by passers-by earlier this month.

Members of the public called police at about 7.50pm on Sunday, May 17 after they saw “something hanging from a tree” in a wooded area in Tupton, the opening of her inquest at Chesterfield coroners’ court heard last Wednesday.

Police and paramedics attended but Ms Holt was pronounced dead at the scene just before 8pm.

PC Kevin Edwards, of Derbyshire police, said Ms Holt was identified by her mother.

Born in Chesterfield, Ms Holt lived in Cornwall but moved back to her hometown in 2005.

She attended Tupton Hall School and Chesterfield College and worked as a web designer at Sports Direct in Shirebrook.

Ms Holt owned her own horse and was a lover of all animals in general, her family said in her obituary.

Tributes – including messages from family – have been flooding in for Ms Holt on the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook page.

Keri Greatorex said: “Oh Gemma you had so much more life to live. RIP sweetheart. Love auntie Keri.”

Becky Holt said: “Far too young and lots to look forward to. RIP Gemma.”

Kirsty Smith said: “You are going to be missed by so many Gemma. RIP sweet angel. Fly high.”

Keely Taylor said: “RIP Gemma. You were a lovely lass.”

Stevo Sweeney said: “Such a cruel world. RIP.”

Michelle Albans said: “Thoughts with her family and friends may you find peace up in heaven. RIP Gemma.”

Coroner James Newman said his office was still awaiting post-mortem results into her death and adjourned the inquest to a later date.

He added: “This is a sad, tragic death.

“Investigations are still at a very early stage.”

Ms Holt leaves behind her father Michael, mother Faye, stepfather Paul, sister Sophie, fiance Troy, his parents Roger and Julie and an extended family.

The funeral service will take place at Chesterfield Crematorium on Friday, June 5.

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