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Body discovered in search for missing 22-year-old woman Melanie Wilson

Melanie Wilson has not been seen for more than a fortnight. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

A body has been found in the search for a 22-year-old woman who has been missing for more than two weeks.

Melanie Wilson was last seen at her home in Nottinghamshire at about 11.20pm on Wednesday 19 October 2016.

Local police said they had discovered the body of a woman outside a property in the same area.

Her father had received a text message from her 20 minutes before she was last seen, telling him she loved him.

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: "Whilst formal identification has not yet taken place, Melanie's family has been informed of this development."

The local community and police carried out extensive searches for her and on Wednesday her heartbroken father, David Wilson, made an emotional plea for his daughter's safe return.

"I'd imagine hell is similar to what I and family and friends are going through. We're all heartbroken. Everywhere we look there's a reminder of her," Mr Wilson said.

"The last time I saw her was when she popped in to see me at home on Monday (October 17).

"We just had a general chat and hugged each other as she left. She seemed her usual self.

"The last contact I had with her was a text she sent me at about 11pm on Wednesday (October 19) which said 'I love you dad'. I sent her one back saying 'I love you too darling'."