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Tributes to Maldives honeymoon death woman

Sharon Duval (pic courtesy of Oxford Mail)
Image caption Mrs Duval was described as popular among the small community

The parents of a woman whose body was found washed up on a beach in the Maldives have paid tribute to her.

Sharon Duval, 42, from Kidlington, Oxfordshire, is thought to have drowned while on a belated honeymoon with husband Nick on the island of Kuredhu on Saturday.

Mrs Duval's parents John and Pauline Stockford, said they would remember her "happy-go-lucky" personality.

The pub landlady's death is not being treated as suspicious.

Mrs Duval's body was discovered on a beach at the LH. Kuredhu Resort at 0030 local time (2030 BST) on Saturday.

'Lovely lady'

The mother-of-one's parents, who had not spoken to their daughter in 10 years due to a family row, said they had been left shocked.

"She was just outgoing," her father said.

"You talk to anyone in the village, they will all tell you the same. She was just happy-go-lucky."

Tributes have also been paid to Mrs Duval, who ran The Highwayman pub just outside the village, from other publicans.

Image caption Mrs Duval's parents called their daughter 'outgoing'

She had taken over the pub with her second husband, who had since returned from the Maldives, and the couple had married soon after.

Fellow landlord Patrick McGrath, of the King's Arms, told the BBC: "It was the first real opportunity they had to go on honeymoon.

"I knew her only in a professional manner, I found her to be a lovely lady.

"She was very caring and well respected by everyone.

"I think it will be a loss to the village, she has a lot of friends in the village and they will all be devastated."

The Serious and Organised Crime Department of Maldives Police Service have conducted an investigation into the death.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman added it was standing ready to provide consular assistance.

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