A TEARFUL mum sent her missing nurse daughter desperate texts when she failed to return home from a night shift – but she had tragically died in a horror crash.
Laurie Jones, 23, left work in her scrubs at 1.40am on Tuesday. Her body was found in her car in a fast-flowing river on Wednesday afternoon.
Paediatric nurse Laurie had worked a 12-hour shift before setting off on the 17 mile journey in terrible weather conditions.
Her family raised the alarm the next morning when Laurie failed to make it home.
Mum Jo said: “I leave the lamp on in the hallway and it was still on when I got up at 5.30am to walk the dogs.
“I assumed she was busy in work but after 7am I started texting her with no response.”
Police were alerted and Laurie’s white VW Beetle was found floating in the Sirhowy River which runs alongside the route she took home.
The tragedy happened on Laurie’s first night back in work after a week’s leave catching up with friends and doing her Christmas shopping.
Jo and her husband Simon said their daughter was used to doing 12-hour shifts and had travelled the road between their home and the hospital “hundreds of times”.
Her dad said: “She was the most caring girl in the world.”
Her mum said she would often chose to do overtime at work as she was so committed to the job.
She said: “It is very demanding but it was all she ever wanted to do.
“She was adamant she wanted to do children’s nursing, she knew it was a lifetime commitment.
“Laurie was dedicated to looking after people, she looked after us as well.”
After passing A-levels in biology, chemistry, maths and history she went to Bucks New University in Uxbridge to study paediatric nursing.
She later spent 18 months training at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital where she was so highly thought of she was offered a job.
But Laurie returned home to work in the paediatric accident and emergency department of the University of Wales.
Mum Jo said: “She loved it there and the children loved her – we’ve had so many messages from families she cared for.”
Her family said she loved animals, wildlife, Harry Potter and Disney.
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Officers said they are not treating her death as suspicious.
A Gwent Police spokesperson said: “Laurie’s family would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support, and for sharing the appeal to help find Laurie when she was reported as missing.
“Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Laurie Jones at this tragic time.”
An inquest will be opened at a later date.
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