Sons' appeal over death of their mum found in woods
THE SONS of a woman who was found dead in Mainstone Woods have made an emotional appeal for witnesses.
Ann Brookman was reported missing from her Mainstone home on Sunday September 23.
Her body was found in Mainstone Woods on Monday, September 24 at 4pm. Her death remains unexplained.
Her sons, Kris and Joe Kemp, have made a passionate plea for anyone who may have seen her to come forward.
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Kris said: "Any information that anybody might have is valuable, particularly if they saw a woman walking on her own on September 23 between midday and when it got dark. If they could come forward we are at a loss and struggling for ourselves to find out what happened to mum."
The 23-year-old, from Mainstone, added: "My favourite memory, funnily enough, was the day before she died. My nieces and nephews were round at mum's and my niece dragged me down to the park to play football – mum was crying she was laughing so much – at least I have that to remember her by.
"Every day that I spent with mum was amazing; it was like no other, she was a star."
Kris said Ann loved anything that was outdoors from walking over the moors to spotting wildlife.
Joe said that he and his brother went to their mother's house to build a fence for her on Sunday, September 23.
They assumed she had gone to the supermarket, but raised the alarm when she had not returned by the time they finished the fence.
They started searching in Plymbridge, where she was a regular walker.
Joe said: "I'll never forget what an amazing person she was who would do anything for anyone and was passionate about animals."
Ms Brookman, who was 59, had been working at Tor Bridge High supporting pupils with special needs.
Principal Liz Dunstan said Ann was sorely missed by all the staff and pupils, especially her tutor group.
"We are still reeling from the news and shock. She was the most supportive, amazing lady who made a real difference to the children in our speech and language provision where her role involved supporting children whose first language was not English.
"She was such a professional lady who was really committed to her work. She was an excellent tutor and her tutor group miss her very much."
Neighbours on the Chelson Gardens street where she lived all clubbed together to buy a wreath for her funeral.
Kris said the family planned to either dedicate a bench to her or plant a rosebush but they had not yet decided.
Ann, who was divorced, is believed to have left her home on the Sunday to go for a walk – as she regularly did. At the time of her disappearance she was wearing a light green jacket, walking trousers and boots.
She had dark hair and was of a medium build.
Anyone who may have seen Ms Brookman or has information about her should call police on 101 and quote crime number EL/12/4252.