‘Stalker’ suspected of killing model Gracie Spinks in ‘murder-suicide’ plot

The "weird man" who allegedly stalked and killed model Gracie Spinks has been named and pictured.

Michael Sellers, 35, is suspected of taking 23-year-old Gracie's life before his own on Friday morning in the village of Duckmanton, Derbyshire.

The aspiring show jumper was with her horse Paddy when paramedics tried to keep her alive at 8.40am.

Sellers' body was found two hours later several fields away.

An unnamed friend of Gracie's told The Sun how she had been "bothered by a weird man who was totally obsessed with her".

They went on: "We are aware that she had a stalker but didn't know who he was.

"We heard she had taken out a restraining order against him because he was becoming quite a pest.

"She’s a beautiful young woman, very popular, and he was obsessed with her and kept turning up at the stables. He was infatuated with her."

The incident led to the picturesque village going into lockdown with children at a primary school not allowed outside but by early afternoon police had said that the situation had been "resolved".

Tributes have poured in for Gracie with friends saying her life revolved around horses and in particular her favourite, Paddy, while she took part in show jumping and dressage.

She reportedly was a part-time model and worked at a local e-commerce company.

Flowers were laid outside her family home and friends posted tributes on social media.

By Monday morning, over £8,000 had been donated to a GoFundMe page set up for Ms Spinks’ family by Abbey Griffin, one of her friends.

Ms Griffin said: "Gracie was a beautiful girl at just 23 years old she had already touched so many people’s lives and what gorgeous memories she leaves behind.

"She was a caring and loving individual and was always happy to help. She was also so so stubborn and she’d always stand up for what was right.

"If you knew Gracie you’d also know she was horsey mad and had the most gorgeous horse called Paddy whom she loved dearly.

"Although no amount of money could ever bring Gracie back, I ask that you please donate whatever you can to help her family at this moment. We all love you so dearly Gracie, behave up there."

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A Derbyshire police spokesman said it was believed the two deaths were linked and they were not looking for anyone else.

The force said in a statement: "Officers investigating the death of a woman in Duckmanton can now confirm that a body of a man was also found in the town and that we believe the two deaths are linked.

"We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

"A woman was found injured in a field near Staveley Road at around 8.40am. Paramedics attended and the woman, who was in her early 20s, sadly died at the scene.

"At 11am, the body of a man in his mid-30s was found in a field off Tom Lane, Duckmanton.

"We have traced and informed both families and specialist officers are supporting them at this time."

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected]aritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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