1. ITV Report

'Help me find out what happened to my daughter', pleads Essex councillor

An Essex councillor is appealing for help to find out what happened to her "beautiful, much-adored" daughter after she was found dead in Heybridge.

Police are not treating the death of Natalie Lewis-Hoyle - whose father is House of Commons deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle - as suspicious.

The 28-year-old was found at a property in the Beeches Road area at 6.45am on Friday, December 15.

Both her parents have issued statements through Facebook.

Miriam Lewis, who is a councillor for Maldon, called Natalie "my only child, my mini me".

Essex councillor Miriam Lewis and her daughter Natalie Lewis-Hoyle Credit: Facebook / Miriam Lewis

"I need your help. If Natty contacted you, by phone, text, messenger or any other means on Thursday evening, December 14, between 8pm and midnight, please let me know through this page or contact A/Insp Jon Loudon at Essex Police incident no. 158.

"Any little scrap of information may be more relevant than you imagine. Her mobile phone is missing and may have been left on the 9.18 from Liverpool Street to Ipswich on Thursday evening. If you found an iPhone, please hand it in quoting Essex Police incident 158.

"Natalie is my only child, my mini-me. Please help me find out what happened to her in the hours before her death."

– Miriam Lewis, Natalie's mother
Natalie Lewis-Hoyle was found dead in Heybridge, Essex, on Friday. Credit: Twitter / Lindsay Hoyle

Chorley MP Mr Hoyle made an announcement through his Twitter feed at lunchtime on Saturday.

"I am truly devastated by the death of my beautiful daughter Natalie. Our family will never be the same without our loving granddaughter, sister and aunty.

"Thank you for all of the support we have received it is overwhelming. "Please continue to respect our privacy and allow us to grieve at this painful time."

– Lindsay Hoyle MP, Chorley, Lab
Natalie's father is the House of Commons deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle. Credit: Press Association.