A man has appeared before magistrates charged with murdering a debt collector found with multiple stab wounds.
The body of Tina Cantello, 49, of Holst Avenue, Laindon, was discovered at a property in Derby Close, Langdon Hills, Basildon, on Saturday.
She was reported missing on Friday when she failed to return home from work.
Geoffrey Hutton, 38, of Derby Close, Langdon Hills, has been remanded in custody ahead of an appearance at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday.
Police said post-mortem tests established Ms Cantello "died from multiple stab wounds to the chest".
One of her clients, Marion Lewis, said: "She was a lovely, bubbly lady who got to know my children - they always said hello to her and she was always nice and kind to them.
"She was friendly and always tried to help as best she could. She was just a lovely person."