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Amelia Blake death: Family share tributes for UK backpacker found dead in Newtown

Supplied undated image obtained Friday, January 19, 2018 of murdered British backpacker Amelia Blake. Source: AAP

The family of 'much-loved' 22-year-old UK backpacker Amelia Blake killed in a suspected murder-suicide in Sydney says she will be missed by all who knew her.

The devastated family of a young British backpackerfound dead in an inner Sydney apartment say their "beautiful girl" will be "missed by all who knew her".

The body of 22-year-old Amelia Blake and a Nepalese man, aged in his 30s, were was discovered at a Newtown unit last week after concerns were raised for their welfare.

The pair had reportedly just started dating, as Ms Blake lived out her dream of travelling around Australia.

In a statement released by the UK Foreign Office on Friday, Ms Blake's parents and sister thanked those who had shown love and support to their family in recent days.

"We are deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of our much-loved daughter and sister Amelia, who will be truly missed by all who knew her," they said.

"As we try to come to terms with losing our beautiful girl, we would very much appreciate privacy at this extremely difficult time."

Earlier this week Ms Blake's best friend Rhys James Collington said they had been best friends since they were four years old.

"This has broken my heart into a million pieces... it's almost unimaginable that I'll never see you again, my dear friend," Mr Collington posted on Facebook.

A strikeforce was established to investigate the circumstances of their deaths with a murder-suicide a line of inquiry being investigated, a NSW Police spokeswoman told AAP on Sunday.

Post-mortems were carried out on both the bodies this week with a brief going to a coroner, a police spokeswoman told AAP on Thursday.

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