The body of a woman found in the Avon Gorge in Bristol has been formally identified as missing mother Charlotte Bevan, ITV News understands.
The body of a woman found last night in Avon Gorge has been formally identified as Charlotte Bevan.
Hopes that a newborn baby girl who went missing with her mother will be found alive are fading as the search approaches its third day.Read the full story ›
Climbers have joined in the search for a new-born baby who went missing on Tuesday.
Avon and Somerset Police have told ITV News West Country they are concentrating their search in the Avon Gorge area, where a woman's body was found late last night. Formal identification is expected today.
The Portway, a main route into Bristol city centre, and nearby Bridge Valley Road has been closed by police.
South Wales police are to aid the operation along with specialist police dogs.
Specialist search dogs from South Wales Police have been drafted in as detectives continue the search for missing mother Charlotte Bevan and her newborn baby daughter.
Teams are concentrating efforts around the Avon Gorge, where the body of a woman was found late last night. Formal identification has not yet taken place.
Traffic restrictions are in place around the Avon Gorge in Bristol as police continue searching the area after a mother went missing with her newborn daughter.
Charlotte Bevan, aged 30, and baby Zaani Tiana have not been seen since Tuesday evening.
The body of a woman was found near the Gorge last last night. Searches are continuing for four-day-old Zaani.
Searches are continuing in the Avon Gorge this morning. Motorists are being advised of some distruption throughout the day along the Portway
The Portway will be limited to one lane of traffic in each direction whilst searches continue in the Avon Gorge. Avoid the area if possible
Detectives are this morning continuing a search for a four-day-old baby who went missing with her mother from hospital.
Avon and Somerset Police said officers had narrowed the search area down to Avon Gorge, near where the body of a woman was found late last night.
Charlotte Bevan, aged 30, walked out of Bristol Maternity Hospital on Tuesday evening with her newborn daughter, Zaani Tiana, and has not been seen since.
We are searching in the same area along with police dogs from South Wales Police. We are only searching in that area.
Police told ITV News they would not comment on speculation the victim had fallen from Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Throughout the night police have been searching the area of the Avon Gorge where a body was found in the search for missing mum Charlotte Bevan.
A police helicopter flew above the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol as it assisted the officers' efforts.
Replying to a tweet from ITV News presenter Alastair Stewart, Gareth Morgan, deputy chief constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, described the news from Bristol as "desperately sad".
The news from Bristol is unalloyed tragedy.
Police investigating the disappearance of a new mother and her four-day-old baby from hospital have found a body in a gorge, they said tonight.
The family of Charlotte Bevan, 30, who vanished from Bristol Maternity Hospital last night with her daughter, Zaani Tiana, have been informed of the find in the nearby Avon Gorge, Avon and Somerset Police said.
Charlotte has not been seen since leaving the maternity unit, with CCTV footage showing her leaving coatless and carrying Zaani wrapped in just a blanket.
Police have urged Charlotte Bevan, who has gone missing after leaving Bristol Maternity Hospital last night with her newborn daughter, to get in touch and let them know her and her baby are safe and well.
Speaking at a press conference with her family, DCI Simon Crisp said:
This message really is for Charlotte. It is not a crime to take your own baby from hospital. It is simply not a crime, okay?
We have spoken to the staff at the hospital and we are convinced you are a good mother. You are a caring, thoughtful mother who is attentive and you were looking after your five-day-old child in the best way possible.
What worries us is that given all that you have left somewhat unexpectedly from the hospital, you haven't told your friends or family where you were going or your intentions. That is really worrying for them and really worrying for us.
All I ask is - please make contact, let us know you are okay. You've got nothing to fear.
If you are a friend of Charlotte's and you know who she is, she has nothing to fear. Please come forward and tell us where she is