Gracie had a stab wound to her neck (Image: Internet Unknown)

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Gracie Spinks died of stab wounds to her neck, an inquest into her death has heard.

The young model, 23, was last seen alive by her mother when she left home and drove her vehicle to Blue Lodge Farm, in Duckmanton, where she kept Paddy, her horse.

Two people later found her lying on the ground in a pool of blood, where it was initially thought she had been kicked by her horse.

One witness tried CPR before paramedics arrived and it was determined that her injuries were the result of a serious assault with a weapon, the inquest heard.

A post-mortem was carried out and found a stab wound to Miss Spinks' neck cut her spine and a major artery.

There was no evidence of a sexual assault, Derbyshire Live reports.

The hearing at Chesterfield Coroners Court heard a man was seen running from the scene.

Gracie Spinks, 23, had been to visit her horse at Blue Lodge Farm
(Image: Derby Telegraph/BPM Media)

Derbyshire Police said a man was later found dead half a mile away and they are not looking for any other suspects.

It is alleged Miss Spinks was killed by a former colleague who was obsessed with her and had been stalking her.

Assistant coroner Matthew Kewley warned against speculating about the circumstances of her death, stating that this could hinder the investigation.

Gracie was born on October 19, 1997, in Chesterfield and lived in the Old Whittington area at the time of her death.

She was a lifeguard, but also worked as a warehouse operative and occasionally modelled for a London agency at the time of death.

In the days following Miss Spinks' death, tributes were posted to social media and left along with flowers at the scene.

Her mum, Alison Heaton shared a short tribute to Miss Spinks on her Facebook page which read: "My beautiful daughter Gracie taken away from me, her dad and brother and sister and everyone who loved and cared for her x."

Gracie Spinks, 23, had been to visit her horse at Blue Lodge Farm
(Image: Derby Telegraph/BPM Media)

Miss Spinks used to be a swimming instructor and lifeguard at the local Queen's Park Leisure Centre in Chesterfield. They also posted on social media: "We were deeply saddened to hear of the tragic death of one of our former colleagues.

"Gracie had previously worked as a popular member of our teacher team and our hearts and thoughts are with her family and friends at this unimaginable time."

A GoFundMe page was set up in memory of Miss Spinks and in order to look after her horse, Paddy, after her death.

It began with a target of £2,500 but has gone far past that now, currently standing at over £12,500.