Search for missing Sheila: body found

Sheila Sykes. Photo: Family photograph

Police and search and rescue teams looking for a missing 73-year-old woman, say a body has been found. Sheila Sykes had not been seen since she left her home at Dunnington, near York, on Friday. North Yorkshire Police say a body was found close to Hagg Wood, Dunnington, just before 5pm on Sunday. Mrs Sykes's family has been informed, but officers say they are not yet in a position to formally identify the body.

The discovery is a tragic end to two days of large-scale searches in the local area. Police, a helicopter and teams of volunteers scoured the local area, as concerns grew for Mr Sykes's welfare.