Police seek witnesses after death of Sabrina Goacher
by Andy Tong | 22nd August 2019
POLICE have identified the body of a woman found in the centre of Tunbridge Wells as local resident Sabrina Goacher.
Officers and the South East Coast Ambulance Service were called to an overgrown area near Church Road at 8.47pm on Monday [August 19].
The 30-year-old, who had been reported missing earlier that day, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her death is being treated as unexplained and detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
A post mortem completed on Tuesday was unable to establish the cause of her death and further tests are being carried out.
A local man in his 30s, who was known to the deceased, was arrested following her death and has been bailed while inquiries continue.
'We are deeply saddened to hear this news. Sabrina was a well-liked and valued member of our team'
Ms Goacher was a popular front-of-house and customer services supervisor at West Kent College.
She was ‘the first person you saw when you walked in’ at the Brook Street site, where she had held the post since October last year.
She was also an events co-ordinator at the college, which forms part of West Kent and Ashford College [WKAC].
The Hadlow Group, which runs WKAC, paid tribute to her on Wednesday, saying: “We are deeply saddened to hear this news. Sabrina was a well-liked and valued member of our team.
“Our sincerest condolences go out to her family and friends. Our thoughts are with them at this time.”
She had been a student at West Kent, where she achieved a triple distinction for a National Diploma in Photography.
She also studied English Language & Literature – achieving an A* at GCSE as a mature student – and passed a National Diploma in Travel and Tourism.
A talented photographer, she set up her own professional Facebook page, Sabrina G Photography.
Ms Goacher was a keen supporter of the local live music scene, and worked at Cassidy’s Bar in Tunbridge Wells for 13 years.
She was involved in organising the Tonbridge Half Marathon, raised funds for charity and campaigned on behalf of the homeless.
Earlier this year she had been supporting Samaritans following the death of her friend David Saunders, a bass player with local rock band Sarah Tonin, who took his own life before Christmas.
Chris Parris, lead singer in the band – who was meant to be opening the Tunbridge Wells music festival Local & Live over the Bank Holiday weekend as a solo artist – is also said to be very close to Ms Goacher.
The Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Tristan Kluibenschadl, said: “We are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Sabrina’s death and are appealing for information from anybody who may have seen her between August 18 and 19.
“Sabrina was last seen at 6.17am on Sunday August 18 in St John’s Road, Tunbridge Wells, wearing a yellow reversible jacket, and then at 6.23am in Mount Ephraim with the jacket reversed and showing a dark green material with yellow lining.”
Ms Goacher was 5ft 4in tall and of slim build. She was carrying a black patterned handbag that was later recovered by officers.
Anyone with information that may help the investigation is asked to call the appeal line on 01622 604100 quoting reference 19-0719.
Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete the online form at crimestoppers-uk.org