Stab mother's family 'shattered'

image captionJackie Evans' daughter said she had lost her best friend

The family of a great-grandmother found dead in a Carmarthenshire village from stab wounds have paid tribute to a 'loving family woman'.

The daughter of Jackie Evans said her whole family was 'totally heartbroken' following her death last Thursday.

The 57-year-old was found in the Maesyfelin area of Pontyberem.

Dyfed-Powys Police, who arrested a man a short time later, said they were not looking for anyone else over the death.

Mrs Evans' daughter Germaine Hughes said: "Our loving mother was always there for us.

"She was the strong one who had all the answers.

"I can't believe that she isn't going to walk through my door or phone for a chat.

"Our hearts have been totally broken, we have been left devastated.

image captionPolice were called to the Maesyfelin area of Pontyberem around 1655 GMT last Thursday

"We haven't just lost a mother, I feel I have lost my best friend. If she were here, she'd wipe away our tears.

"My mother was a family woman. She loved everyone around her and her little dog.

"She has left behind two children, a son-in-law, four grandchildren and a great-grandchild all totally heartbroken.

"Our family has been shattered. We miss her every day.

"We'd like to thank our friends and neighbours for all their support and we ask that we be left in privacy to grieve for our mother."

Police said a post mortem examination revealed Mrs Evans had died of stab wounds.

The force said the investigation is continuing.

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