Woman, 20, and boyfriend, 24, killed in horror crash while driving home from holiday

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Cumbria Police responded to reports of a one-vehicle crash in the Eden Valley last Sunday morning. Upon arrival at the scene, the officers found both Ryan Duffy, 24 and Ellie Marsden, 20, dead inside a white Citroen Berlingo Van which is said to have veered off the road and crashed in the process.

The couple, who live in Wigan in Greater Manchester, are said to regularly go on trips away like this.

These trips often include the couple travelling around the UK to various hotspots.

But when the family of Ms Marsden found she was heading on a fishing trip with Mr Duffy, it came as a surprise as they did not think this is something which Ms Marsden would have been interested in.

The tributes for the young couple have since poured in, showing how loved and adored the pair were.

The family of Ms Marden paid tribute to the care home worker descring her as “beautiful, kind, and caring.”

While the family of Mr Duffy called him a “kind hearted” son who was very much “devoted” to his girlfriend, Ms Marsden.

The mother of Mr Duffy, who lives in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, paid her own tribute as she said: “Ryan was a kind hearted, fun loving, happy, son, grandson, nephew and friend to many.

“Ryan lived for his family and friends and was devoted to his girlfriend Ellie.

“He had a big heart and personality and was adored by all who knew him.

“He loved fishing and took every opportunity possible to try and catch that elusive ‘big fish’.

“We are devastated as a family at his passing, he will be sorely missed every single day until we meet him again.

“As his Mum he was my entire world and I will be lost without him.”

These heartbreaking tributes were echoed by the family of Ms Marsden who said:”Words can’t begin to sum up our beautiful daughter Ellie.

“How do we get across to the world just how loving, beautiful, kind and caring Ellie is – not was but is?

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“Ellie had grown into the most amazing young lady with all of the qualities that you can only hope for in a daughter.

“So full of fun with a quick-witted sense of humour.

“I don’t recall one bad word ever being said about her, she never brought any troubles to the door and never caused anyone any harm.”

Ms Marsden’s family said that Ellie took great pride in the job which she had as a carer for the elderly at Golborne Day Centre, something which she loved doinig.

Ms Marsden’s sister Chloe, mum Kelly and dad Allan continued: “She made us immensely proud.

Ellie absolutely loved this job, she loved the staff like family and more importantly she loved all of the elderly clients she cared for.

“Ellie often came home singing the old songs that would be played around the day centre.

“Her eyes filled with tears of love telling us about how she wanted to make the elderly feel loved and happy.

“This was Ellie through and through – she just wanted to make a difference, to make everyone happy.

“Every bone in her body was kind, loving, caring and she just wanted to make the world a better place.

“Ellie loved her friends hard and deeply; this is everyone who has every crossed her path from childhood to adulthood.”

“We are so thankful for the precious 20 years we got with Ellie and watching her grow up in to the most amazing, loving human being and our hearts burst with pride.

“We can’t comprehend that she has been taken from us.”

Officers have since called for witnesses to the crash and have asked that anyone who saw the van in the local area to contact them.

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