Woman found in Woodhatch woods dies in hospital
A YOUNG woman has died after being found unconscious in woodland near her home.
Lucy Rayner, who was in her 20s, was found in a serious and life-threatening condition in woods off Holly Road, Woodhatch, at about 2.20pm on Saturday.
Police and the South East Coast Ambulance service were called and she was rushed to hospital for emergency treatment but died at about 4.45pm. Her friends took to Facebook to express their shock and disbelief at what had happened.
A statement on the site called RIP Our Beautiful Sister – You Will Never Be Forgotten said: "Lucy is happier where she is now, along with our great Nan and grandad looking down on us. She loved all her friends and family and I hope you all remember her by the bubbly, upbeat, crazy Rayner girl."
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Neighbours of Lucy, who lived in nearby Hazel Close, said they were shocked when they heard what had happened.
One woman said: "It's heartbreaking and tragic, it's just awful to hear.
"I heard a helicopter landing near the house and there were police all around the area, but I had no idea what was happening."
Jan Mortlock, 62, also of Sycamore Walk, said: "I just think it's so sad that something like this would happen."
Others were sorry to hear of the tragic death of someone who was part of their community.
Kat Shukla, 35, of Sycamore Walk, added: "It is a tragedy, especially as it is someone so local to the area.
"I just remember there being lots of police and the ambulance service was around, and a helicopter landed just around the corner.
"It is not something you would expect to see around here at all. It's just shocking."
Wesley Tossell, 83, of Sycamore Walk, said: "I heard this helicopter outside and then it landed down the road. At first I just thought there had been a road accident or something. It's just so awful that this would happen to a young girl."
Police have deemed Lucy's death to be non-suspicious, and an inquest had yet to open as the Mirror went to press.