TRIBUTES have been paid to a woman described as ‘always the life and soul of the party’ after her body was recovered from a lake in Andover.

Emergency services were called to Rooksbury Mill lakes at 10.57am on Thursday last week.

Later that night Hampshire police are understood to have carried out a search.

The woman was later named on social media as Kim Jutton-Hardy.

Her father Dave Jutton said on Facebook: “I miss her and it hurts, RIP our beautiful daughter Kim and friend to all people she knew and animals too, loved forever and never to be forgotten.”

Friends and colleagues have also taken to social media to share their heartache describing her as “great character and always really bubbly”.

Another said: “Kim was amazing girl I went to school with her and she was always life and soul of party ... miss u girl and ur crazy self ... fly high angel[sic].”

One mourner posted: “So very sorry for your loss. I worked with Kim a few years back, and remember what a funny bubbly character she was. She will be missed by everyone she knew.”

And her aunt Julie Ann Bonsall added: “My beautiful niece I can’t even begin to say how much I will miss you. My heart is breaking that I can’t hug you anymore. Sleep well and rest in peace.”

Others expressed their sympathy to Ms Jutton-Hardy’s family who have put blue flowers, denoting her favourite colour, on a tree at Rooksbury Mill as a memorial.

Following the discovery, spokesperson for Hampshire police said: “Next of kin have been informed.

“At this stage the death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.”

An inquest into Ms Jutton-Hardy’s death is expected to be opened shortly.