Police confirm identity of body

Police have confirmed the identity of a body found to be that of missing York woman.

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Hunt for missing York woman steps up

Police co-ordinating the search for missing York woman, Sheila Sykes, say they are focussing their efforts in an area close to where she was last seen. The 73-year-old has not been seen since leaving her home address in Dunnington at 8pm on Friday 1 March.

A police helicopter, along with the Scarborough Search and Rescue Team, is searching the Hagg Wood area, south east of Dunnington. The Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team is also scouring the banks of the River Derwent. it is believed she has a bus pass and may have travelled further afield.

She is described as white, 5ft 3in tall, with a medium build and short dyed blonde hair. When she was last seen, Sheila was wearing a white hooded coat with black check, black trousers and black patent leather shoes.

“Sheila, all of your family are very concerned to know that you are safe and well. If you see or hear this appeal, please get in touch with them straight away so that they can speak to you. If you would prefer, you can contact the police directly."

– Sergeant Carol Horner, North Yorkshire Police.

Police appeal for missing woman

Police in York are appealing for help to find a missing woman. Sheila Sykes, who is 73, has not been seen since leaving her home in Dunnington on March 1st. She is 5ft 3in tall, medium build with short dyed blonde hair.

Sheila Sykes Credit: North Yorkshire Police

She was last seen wearing a white and black checked hooded coat, black trousers and black patents leather shoes. It is believed she may have links in the Humberside area. Police say has access to a bus pass and it is possible she may be using public transport.

Officers are growing increasingly concerned for Sheila's welfare as her disappearance is out of character. They are asking her to get in touch with her family or the police to confirm she is safe and well. And anyone who sees Sheila is asked to contact police.

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