Petra Srncova: ‘Country has fallen in love

Image copyright PA Image caption Petra Srncova was last seen when she visited friends and relatives on Tuesday evening

Relatives and friends have given their thanks for the search teams who have been looking for missing Irish nurse assistant Petra Srncova in Bournemouth.

The 23-year-old’s body was found in Milford Haven on Saturday morning.

Srncova was last seen when she went to visit friends and relatives on Tuesday evening at 10pm.

Detectives say they do not believe she was abducted or assaulted in the area.

Emergency services were alerted to reports of a body in one of the Sandy Bay shops at about 0730 BST.

Image copyright PA Image caption Medical and police crews spent hours at the scene

Petra is believed to have been there to celebrate a birthday.

Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious.

Image copyright PA Image caption Hundreds of people have signed up to help

Srncova lived in Dublin, with her parents John and Roseanna.

Her partner Dean Mullan said he had asked locals for help in the search on social media and there were many fundraisers and donations.

On the cause page page in her memory, he described her as a “lovely person”.

“She is always there when you need her. We are just so devastated,” he said.

“I hope we see you soon baby sweetheart.”

Family friend Pauline Byrne said: “A country has fallen in love with this girl. Petra, we love you so much and miss you every minute of every day. Thank you for all you did for us. We have love for you and you will never be forgotten.”

Petra’s cousin, Nina, said she was an “amazing sister” and “amazing person”.

“The family wouldn’t have survived without you,” she added.

The 29-year-old said Ms Srncova was a “special person with a very special heart”.

Police Search Dogs, Emergency Services Search Dogs, Dorset Police, South West Coast Ambulance and Coastguard are carrying out the searches in and around Milford Haven and Cannonbridge, both on the eastern coast of Dorset.

Pedestrians and drivers have been asked to follow specific patrols as officers are searching the coast path and coastal paths.

Image copyright Dorset Police Image caption Police have praised the families and friends of those assisting the search

Witnesses and people who live in the area are also being urged to take note of details, such as green visitor caravans.

They were seen on the beach and in the area where Ms Srncova’s body was found.

Dorset Police said it would be around 12 hours before it gave further details on the investigation.

Srncova was planning to move to Manchester for training in January, and previously worked as a midwife in Ireland.

She was described as a “volatile” and “very feisty” person by those who knew her.

She was the sister of a German footballer for his country’s first division club, and one of 11 siblings.

Image copyright PA Image caption Ms Srncova’s mother and other family members are at her bedside

In a statement, her mother, Mrs Srnarova, said she was “absolutely gutted”, and that she “had nothing to do with her daughter going missing”.

“In the whole eight years of my marriage I had never seen a daughter fight like her daughter fought,” she said.

The Bournemouth Hospital announced on Wednesday afternoon that staff are wearing pink ribbons in honour of Ms Srncova.

‘Brilliant people’

Irish politicians and Mayor of Dublin Brenda O’Connor have both paid tribute to Petra, calling her family “dear friends and family to all of us”.

Communities Minister Joan Burton, who represents Ms Srmnova’s hometown in Co Meath, said all Irish politicians were praying for Ms Srncova and her family.

“Now that we know she is dead, and everyone is looking for justice for her and her mother, I hope that we can get closure in a way,” she said.

Paralympic star and Ireland B.Club wheelchair basketball coach Aisling Walsh said the whole country was “shocked and devastated” by Ms Srncova’s death.

Ms Walsh, who also works with the Irish Wheelchair Basketball League, praised Mrs Srnarova and Mr Mullan for helping to guide their daughter to something she wanted to do.

“She was determined,” Ms Walsh said.

‘You can’t plan for something like this’

Dorset Police said their death was being treated as unexplained and recorded no major incidents.


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