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15/09/2015 08:57 BST | Updated 15/09/2015 08:59 BST

Manchester Metropolitan University Student Nina Paunova Found Dead In A Field Near Her Home

Tributes have been paid to a talented fashion student who was found dead in a field close to her home last week while staying with her parents over the summer break.

Nina Paunova, a Manchester Metropolitan University student, was discovered by police near to her abandoned car in Etton in the Yorkshire Wolds last Tuesday.

The 20-year-old, who won a scholarship to study fashion buying and merchandising after scoring a triple distinction in her exams, was due to embark on her final year at university.

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Police are not treating Nina Paunova's death as suspicious

According to Manchester Evening News, the student was at home for the holidays staying with her mother Niviana, stepfather and 11-year-old sister in Beverley, East Yorkshire.

Nina, who was dubbed by friends as the "beauty of Beverley", moved to the UK from Bulgaria aged five.

"She was a lovely girl, she had lots of friends and she was just full of life," Niviana told the Hull Daily Mail. "She absolutely lived for fashion. She liked things to be pretty."

Nina's stepfather Jim McGivern added: "She was a stunning, bright and hard-working girl who had her whole life ahead of her."

A spokesman for Humberside Police said: “At 7.20am on Tuesday, September 8 a police patrol discovered a car abandoned and a dead woman, believed to be in her 20s, close by in a field near Etton Pasture School.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and police are preparing a file from the coroner.

“The road in the immediate area was briefly closed while emergency services were in attendance.”