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Body found trapped in rock groynes believed to be missing woman

A body found trapped in the rock groynes at Beach Green in Lancing is believed to be a missing pensioner from Sussex.

Although the body has not been formally identified, police believe it's missing Sompting woman Jill Barnes.

Jill was last seen at her home in Western Road on Monday night. An extensive search of the area was carried out by police, the police helicopter, coastguard, the fire brigade and search volunteers.

Due to the high tide and its position, emergency services were unable to remove Jill's body when it was found yesterday morning but they worked in difficult weather conditions at low tide to recover her.

Police are not treating her death as suspicious and the coroner's officer is dealing with it.

"Obviously this is not the outcome we were hoping for. We are supporting Jill's family at this difficult time and they have been asked they be left alone to grieve in peace."

– Inspector Roy Hodder


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