Model, 23, killed in ‘vicious attack’ as body found nearby in ‘murder-suicide’

A part-time model and horse rider has died after a vicious attack police suspect was a murder-suicide.

The woman, named locally as Gracie Spinks, was found injured in a field and was treated by paramedics near a farm in the village of Duckmanton, Derbyshire, but they were unable to save her.

The 23-year-old was treated at 8.40am while a man in his 30s was found just over two hours later at around 11am several fields away, the Mirror reports.

The discovery led to the picturesque village going into lockdown with children at a primary school not allowed outside, but by early afternoon police had said that the situation had been “resolved”.

Tributes have poured in for Gracie with friends saying her life revolved around horses and in particular her favourite Paddy, while she took part in showjumping and dressage.

A village resident told the Daily Mail: "The word locally is that this was a very vicious attack.

"Gracie kept at least one horse on the land – it is grazing land where a number of people have horses and there is a temporary stable.

"As I understand it, Gracie was looking after her horse when she was attacked. It is just awful."

Flowers have been laid outside the part-time model's family home.

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A Derbyshire police spokesman said it was believed the two deaths were linked and they were not looking for anyone else.

The force said in a statement: "Officers investigating the death of a woman in Duckmanton can now confirm that a body of a man was also found in the town and that we believe the two deaths are linked.

"We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

"A woman was found injured in a field near to Staveley Road at around 8.40am. Paramedics attended and the woman, who was in her early 20s, sadly died at the scene.

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"At 11am, the body of a man in his mid-30s was found in a field off Tom Lane, Duckmanton.

"We have traced and informed both families and specialist officers are supporting them at this time.

"We appreciate that what has happened in Duckmanton will have shocked and upset many people in the community and officers will carry out extra patrols in the coming days.

"We would urge you to stop and speak to an officer if you wish to raise any concerns. Anyone with any information is asked to contact using the following methods quoting reference number 21*000338849."

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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