The family of murdered Samantha Eastwood have issued another tribute and thanked the public for their 'kind thoughts'.
They also spoke about how the 28-year-old had worked hard to achieve her dream of being a midwife, and released a photo of her on her graduation day.
The family tribute says:
Her body was found in a shallow grave in a rural area near Caverswall, Staffordshire, on Saturday – eight days after going missing.
Michael Stirling, 32, appeared at Stafford Crown Court on Wednesday charged with murdering the popular Royal Stoke Hospital worker.
Stirling, of Gratton Road, Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent, is the brother-in-law of Miss Eastwood’s ex-fiance, John Peake, and is accused of murdering the midwife between July 26 and August 5 at Baddeley Green, Stoke.