Tributes paid to murdered millionairess

10 November 2010, 18:39

Joanna Brown's family have described her as "a truly remarkable individual".

In a statement they said:

"Jo was a wonderful, adored daughter, mother, sister and friend. A much loved and admired member of the community.

"Jo touched the hearts of everyone she met. Her endless positive energy and her radiant smile are engraved in all our hearts.

"The world has lost a truly remarkable individual.

"We as a family are all in deep shock and would please ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.

"We are holding a service to celebrate Jo's life at St. Mary's Church, Winkfield on Friday, 19th November, 2010, at 12 noon."

This service is for Joanna's family and friends.
The Revd Catherine Blundell from St Mary's church in Winkfield said:

"We were shocked and saddened by the death of Joanna Brown. We will continue to hold her family, in our prayers. We will be offering them ongoing support during this difficult and traumatic time."

Joanna's estranged husband Robert Brown from North Street in Winkfield has been charged with murdering his wife and preventing the coroner of Berkshire from holding an inquest by hiding her body.

He's being kept in police custody until he's next in court in February.

Mrs Brown, also 46, was reported missing at 8am on Monday 1st November after a family member raised the alarm, concerned at not being able to contact her.

Officers from Thames Valley Police forced entry into her home on Buckhurst Road in Ascot, which was empty at the time, and a subsequent search led them to believe she had been attacked.

The couple's marital home, Tun Cottage, was run as an award-winning bed and breakfast by Mrs Brown after they separated.

The mock-Tudor property, worth in the region of £3m, is described on its website as a "beautiful English country home" and was awarded a 4* Gold Award by Visit Britain.

Mrs Brown, who had lived there for 12 years, turned it into the guest house, 2 years ago.

The pair, married 11 years ago, were going through divorce proceedings when Mrs Brown went missing.