Katie Kenyon, 33, has not been seen by her worried family from her home in Padiham, near Burnley, Lancashire, since the morning of April 22
A body has been found in the search for a mum who was reported missing last Friday, police said today.
Katie Kenyon, 33, has been missing from her home in Padiham, near Burnley, Lancashire, since the morning of April 22.
Andrew Burfield, 50, was charged with her murder on April 27.
Police made the discovery today after deploying search teams with officers from Lancashire, North Wales, Merseyside and Greater Manchester Police along with specialist dogs.
Lancashire Police said today: “We can sadly confirm that our officers searching for missing Katie Kenyon have found the body of a woman.
“Our officers made the discovery last night in an area of the Forest of Bowland after receiving new information about a location where Katie could be.”
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Officers added Katie’s family have been informed of the latest developments and continues to be supported by specially trained officers.
They added that whilst they were not in a position to formally confirm the woman’s identity, they believe it is Katie’s body.
A Home Office post-mortem examination will now be carried out to try to establish the cause of death.
Det Supt Gary Brooks, head of Lancashire’s Force Major Investigation Unit, said: “Following extensive police enquiries and after a number of days of searching I can now sadly confirm that we have found a body and at this time we believe it to be that of Katie Kenyon.
“Katie’s family have been told and my heart goes out to them at this time. We have specially trained officers supporting them at this difficult time.
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“I would like to thank the public and the media for all the help they have given us during what has been a protracted, complex and very emotive search and I would also like to thank both the partner agencies and all of the police officers and staff who have been involved in the search for Katie.
“While this is not the conclusion to those searches any of us would have wished for I know the family appreciate those efforts.
“Once again, my thoughts today are with Katie’s family and all of her loved ones.”
The search for the mum-of-two had largely focused on the dense Gisburn Forest in the Ribble Valley, said to be the largest wooded area in the county – measuring more than 1,200 hectares (2,965 acres, or more than 4.6 square miles) – and popular with walkers and cyclists.
Police said a woman matching Katie’s description was seen getting into a silver Ford Transit van with a man, outside an address in Todmorden Road, Burnley, at around 9.30am last Friday.
The van, with the number plate MT57 FLC, is then believed to have travelled to Gisburn Forest near the Bolton-by-Bowland area.
Burfield appeared at Blackburn Magistrates Court on Friday. He was remanded until his next court appearance at Preston Crown Court.
Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who was in the area at the time who may have seen Katie, either alone or with company, or anyone who may have seen or have dashcam footage of the van to come forward.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting log 800 of April 24 or you can contact us through the Major Incident Public Portal at Public Portal
Alternatively, contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.