The body of a British beautician missing in Jamaica has been discovered by police investigating her murder.
Karen Cleary’s partner broke the sad news that the search for the 44-year-old from north London was over and that she had ‘gone to a better place’.
In a heartbreaking message to Karen’s family and friends Andy Kane urged her supporters to ‘pray for her’ and ‘make sure you tell your loved-ones how much they mean to you while you still have the chance’.
He said: ‘I am so sorry to pass on the news that today after a painstaking search by the Jamaican Police team that the time for hope and optimism has unfortunately passed.
The body of Karen Cleary, 44, a hairdresser and beautician, from north London, (pictured) missing in Jamaica has been discovered by police investigating her murder
Karen’s partner Andy Kane (pictured), 56, a sales manager, who is in the Caribbean, broke the sad news that the search for her was over and that she had ‘gone to a better place’
Karen had been on the Caribbean island to manage the building of her dream home (pictured), that she planned to share with her partner of 13 years, sales manager Mr Kane
In a heartbreaking message to Karen’s family Mr Kane urged them to ‘pray for her’ and ‘make sure you tell your loved-ones how much they mean to you while you still have the chance. Pictured: Spectacular views of the sea from the holiday home Karen was building in Jamaica
‘They have recovered her body. Karen has now gone to a better place.’
Karen had been on the Caribbean island to manage the building of her dream home that she planned to share with her partner of 13 years, sales manager Mr Kane.
But she disappeared nine days ago and is alleged to have been killed by a labourer who had been working on the building project.
Police arrested the workman from Spanish Town, Jamaica, on suspicion of Karen’s murder on Sunday.
Detectives began digging in the garden of the property in Boscobel, St Mary’s, yesterday and last night Mr Kane confirmed police had found his girlfriend’s body.
In an emotional late-night Facebook post he said: ‘Since last Tuesday when I found out Karen was missing I’ve had a feeling that the freight train of reality was barreling down the tracks towards me. Today it pains to say that train hit me hard.’
And Mr Kane, 56, from Southampton, Hants, paid tribute to his ‘beautiful’ partner of 13 years.
He wrote: ‘Karen has been that shining star in my world for over 13 years, that world has now turned very dark indeed.
‘Please before you go to bed tonight say a pray for her to whatever God you pray to and also make sure you tell your loved ones how much they mean to you while you still have the chance.’
Mr Kane, 56, (left) paid tribute to his ‘beautiful’ partner (right) and wrote: ‘Karen has been that shining star in my world for over 13 years, that world has now turned very dark indeed’
Mr Kane had previously said Karen’s disappearance was out of character, saying she spoke to him and her mum Valrie every day and would never go so long without contacting them
And he thanked the many well-wishers in Britain and Jamaican, who had offered him support.
He said: ‘Thank you for all the love, concern and genuine offers of support that you have posted over the past few days, it has truly been appreciated.’
Karen had been missing on the Caribbean island since November 25.
Mr Kane had flown to Jamaica on Saturday to look for her when she stopped calling home abruptly.
Distraught Mr Kane had previous told MailOnline that he feared the search would not ‘end well’. He added that police would be searching the garden of the property with the help of the workman suspected of killing her.
Karen, a hairdresser and beautician, was born in Jamaica but had lived in Islington, north London, for almost 20 years.
She had travelled to Jamaica to build a dream home for herself and partner to share.
Karen is alleged to have gone to visit Portmore, near the capital Kingston. But Mr Kane said he didn’t believe she had gone there ‘for one minute’.
He added that her disappearance was ‘totally out of character’ for her and she would speak to him and her mother Valrie Williams on at least a daily basis.