DEAD prostitute Gemma Adams was described by her grieving parents as “bright and bubbly”.
Brian and Gail paid tribute to the 25-year-old as an “ordinary and intelligent and fun-loving school girl who adored animals and had countless friends”.
As well as being addicted to the heroin that led to her shutting her loving parents out of her life two years ago, Gemma – whose naked body was found dumped in a brook near the Suffolk village of Hintlesham on December 2 – worked to feed her habit as a prostitute.
Father Brian, who had no idea she had been working as a prostitute until she went missing on November 15, said: “She was bright and bubbly and full of fun.
“That’s the only way to describe her. She was good company, bright and intelligent. If you asked her to do anything, she would do it well. We never had any rows with her at home.
“One of her teachers described her as an ‘ordinary, intelligent girl from a nice family’ and that’s exactly what she was.”
Brian also spoke of how she had belonged to the local Brownies, loved playing the piano and was a keen horse-rider. She also adored her beloved Holly, the dog she had rescued – after it had been abandoned in a shed by its owners – as a puppy 11 years ago.
But despite her typically idyllic childhood, Gemma became involved with drugs in her teens while mixing with what her father calls “wrong crowd”.
Speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times – his local paper – from his £350,000 house in a village just outside Ipswich, he said: “It really is every parent’s worst nightmare to find out your child is involved in hard drugs. Everything changes and it just breaks your heart.
“I had a strong suspicion all was not well because her appearance started to change, she became more gaunt and just very distant towards us.
“It became increasingly difficult to get hold of her until eventually, we couldn’t speak to her at all.
“She wouldn’t return calls and didn’t want to come and visit us.”
He added: “Her life started to degenerate and become fairly chaotic.was degenerating into a fairly chaotic state. But despite numerous attempts to make contact to try to help her resolve her problems, we were unable to.
“It’s just like we’ve been in a nightmare and even closing your eyes doesn’t give you relief. You close them but still the nightmare remains. The pain never goes away.”
He said help for their daughter included taking her to see local doctors and members of the community drugs team, but – he recalled – their efforts came to nothing.
He said: “She was working in insurance and had a good job but she used to slip out at lunch time for a smoke and, eventually, she would be late going back and then have days off.
“She ended up getting the sack because she was not attending regularly. She gradually drifted away from us. She kept in touch on an infrequent basis but in the last two years we did not see much of her. It’s just heroin hell.
“If any parents reading this suspect their child is taking drugs, I would say tackle it head on and try to get help as soon as possible.
“I wouldn’t want to see anyone else go through what Gemma has been through and what we are still going through.”
Her mother Gail believes the reason why Gemma stayed away from the family was because she was so embarrassed about her lifestyle.
She said: “She always knew she had somewhere to go.
“But we think she completely cut us out of her life because she didn’t want us to know what was going on and the depth of the problems she was dealing with.
“She probably wanted to keep us away from what she was doing.”
A testimony to her former popularity has become obvious by the large number of cards and bunches of flowers the family have received for her.
So far about 100 friends – many of them from her childhood – have been in touch.
Gail said: “All our thoughts are that Gemma is now at peace and she hasn’t got to wake up in turmoil again. She is going to be deeply missed but never forgotten.
“She will always be in our hearts. We will remember her as she was before and will love her always.”
On Boxing Day, the family intend launching a memorial fund in her name to raise money for Ipswich Children’s Hospital.
Brian said: “This will hopefully keep her name alive and ensure some good comes to others from all that has happened.”