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Family pay tribute to 'beautiful' Paula Newman, as investigation continues into suspicious death

PUBLISHED: 14:06 21 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:06 21 November 2013

Paula Newman died at Mayday Hospital, in Croydon last week.

Paula Newman died at Mayday Hospital, in Croydon last week.

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A Beckenham family have paid tribute to the "funny and beautiful" Paula Newman, who died the day after allegedly falling from a moving car.

The 20-year-old’s death is being treated as suspicious by police.

She suffered a cardiac arrest at an address in Dunsfold Way, in New Addington, on November 12 and died shortly after at Mayday Hospital, in Croydon.

In a heartfelt statement released by her family, she is described as an “amazing person”.

It continued: “She was a funny and beautiful girl who we saw grow into a young woman. Paula was taken from us at just 20-years-old and will be missed.

“She will remain in our thoughts forever and always.”

A post-mortem examination last week gave the cause of her death as head injuries.

It is thought she fell from a black BMW 325 the night before she died, between the hours of 8.45pm and 11.30pm in New Addington.

A 33-year-old man was arrested in connection with the investigation, but has been bailed to a date in mid-January pending further enquiries.

Investigating officer, Det Ch Insp Diane Tudway, said: “I now have information which leads me to believe that late on Monday, November 11 into the early hours of Tuesday, November 12, Paula was in the company of a man in Elmside, New Addington which is adjacent to a recreation ground.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have been in the area at the time and may have seen them or heard anything to contact the police.

“I am also very keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Paula getting into the Black BMW in Dunsfold Way, New Addington with a man on the evening on Monday 11 November.

“I am grateful to the local community for their help so far and I wish to reiterate that any witnesses who come forward will be treated with the utmost sensitivity.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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