FRIENDS of Sabira Alam have described her as a happy, smiling woman.
The 20-year-old former beauty student was found dead on moorland near Buckstones on Sunday morning – four days after she was last seen.
It is a tragedy for many of her former school friends at Salendine Nook High School who today pay tribute to her.
On Monday her father Mohammed Alam closed his Ripponden News and Post Office.
Sabira was one of three daughters and lived at Vernon Avenue, Greenhead, with her family.
She went to the White Rose Beauty College where she did a beauty course and is thought to have been working in Leeds.
Two Facebook groups have since been set up in her memory.
Her friend of 15 years Stacey Forbes said Sabira was “taken too soon and will be forever loved”.
Another friend Sameena Mahmud added: “Sabira was a bubbly lass and never caused harm to anybody.
“She didn’t deserve this and I still can’t come to terms with this matter.
“I miss her so much and the only thing I can keep focused on is that me, Sabira and our friend Farrah had some good times and will never forget them.
“I can’t imagine what her family are going through.
“We all miss Sabira and hope justice comes for her family.”
Shaun Thorpe created a Facebook site called ‘In loving memory of Sabira’ and said: “Words cannot describe how I feel.
“Sabira was a very fun, kind and loving person she cared a lot about her family and friends – she was really someone you could turn to if you needed a chat or cheering up.”
Vicky Holroyd, also a former school friend, added: “It was a shock to hear what has happened.
“She was always laughing and smiling.
“She had a lot of close friends and would always have a story to tell you.
“Sabira was the first person you would ask if ever you needed to borrow anything from a pen or pencil to money for dinners and bus fares. She wouldn’t think twice about handing over her last 10p.
“It’s weird how things can happen overnight – someone who although you wouldn’t consider you best friend but have spent five or six years knowing and talking to every day at school has just gone.”
Suspect quizzed as search goes on
POLICE have been given more time to question a 30-year-old man arrested in relation to the Sabira Alam investigation.
The man was arrested on Sunday afternoon and has been in custody ever since.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “The suspect was arrested on Sunday, April 5.
“Yesterday magistrates granted police more time to conduct their interviews and we do not expect an update until sometime later on Wednesday.”
It comes as police searched a Milnsbridge house in connection with the incident.
Police cordoned off the garden to a property at New Street.
Neighbours said that a single police car arrived on Sunday followed by several more shortly afterwards.
Police scene of crime officers conducted house and garden searches on Monday as part of the ongoing investigation into Sabira’s death.
A police presence remained outside the house yesterday.
Anyone with information which could help the inquiry is asked to call 0845 6060606.
Sabira Alam: Timeline of events
Wednesday April 1 evening - Sabira Alam is last seen.
Thursday/Friday - Family and friends unable to contact Sabira and become concerned.
Friday April 3 - Family report Sabira as missing to West Yorkshire Police.
Sunday April 5 10am - A hang-glider spots her body on moorland at Buckstones of the A640 Huddersfield Road.
Sunday afternoon - Police arrest a 30-year-old man on suspicion of murder.
Monday - Police confirm the identity of the 20-year-old’s body.
Monday - Police search a Milnsbridge house as part of their investigation.
Tuesday - Police request more time to interview the suspect, which magistrates grant.