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Parents urged murder victim not to travel to Kashmir

24-year-old Sarah Groves was found in a pool of blood inside her room on a house boat.
24-year-old Sarah Groves was found in a pool of blood inside her room on a house boat. Credit: Family handout.

The parents of a British woman found stabbed to death on a house boat hotel in Kashmir said they begged her not to travel to the area.

24-year-old Sarah Groves was found in a pool of blood inside her room on the house boat on Saturday. A Dutch national has been arrested on suspicion of her murder.

Speaking at a press conference in Guernsey, Miss Groves' father said she had decided to travel to Kashmir after meeting a man called Samir and arranging to stay with his family. Victor Groves said he had been concerned his daughter was changing her original plans. He said:

"She went north instead. We tried so hard to stop her going."

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Kashmir residents express shock over Briton murder

Residents of India's northern Jammu and Kashmir state have expressed shock at the murder of Briton Sarah Groves, after her body was discovered early on Saturday morning.

Local houseboat owner in Kashmir. Credit: Reuters

Local houseboat owner Mehraj said: "She has been killed by tourist, not by a Kashmiri and we respect the tourist here, our culture is very nice and it has been here for a long time.

"The incident that has happened is unfortunate but the police have done a good job, they have arrested the accused, as he was on the run. It is good that they have caught him because now the facts will be revealed".

Possible sexual assault investigated in Kashmir murder

Sarah Groves, 24, was found in a pool of blood inside her room on the houseboat. Credit: Facebook

Police in India are investigating whether British tourist Sarah Groves was sexually assaulted before she was stabbed to death on a floating hotel in Kashmir.

Local police said Miss Groves, who had spent more than a month on the houseboat, had multiple stab wounds all over her body while a knife was found next to her.

Police said the Dutch national later arrested on suspicion of her murder had booked into a separate room on the houseboat.

Officers are investigating whether the two knew each other.

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Briton murdered in Kashmir a 'ray of sunshine'

Tributes continue to pour in for Briton Sarah Groves, found dead on a houseboat in Kashmir early this morning.

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Sarah Groves...without doubt the most infectious laugh in the world. Thinking if your family x

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RIP Sarah Groves. You will be sorely missed hun. There are some real monsters in this world :(

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Can't believe Sarah Groves is dead. Such a little ray of sunshine and not a bad bone in her body. Taken far too young #devastating

Tributes paid to Briton murdered in Kashmir

Tributes have been paid to Briton Sarah Groves who was found dead on a houseboat in Kashmir this morning.

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Ourworld is cruel.Sarah groves was one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet.My life has been touched at the cost of urs

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Truly pure innocent beautiful girl. Can't believe how evil some people are R.I.P Sarah Groves xxxx http://t.co/mGDPzXiMut

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