Wedding guests watched as police searched the grounds of a County Durham hotel after a body was found there on Sunday.
The death, with was discovered around 5am, is being treated as "unexplained" but there is not thought to be any third party involvement.
Police have not yet released any information about the identity of the deceased.
Police tape was strung up around play equipment and across part of the gardens at Derwent Manor Hotel, near Consett, after the tragic discovery.
While officers searched the nearby play area, a wedding was ongoing within the hotel.
Standing outside, some partygoers were able to see the the police operation. One guest said:
"The police arrived some time this morning - I know they weren't here last night, I was staying and there didn't seem to be anything happening.
"We've been inside at the wedding most of the day so we don't really know what's been going on."
One hotel resident spoke of the confusion after officers arrived. She said:
"We've got no idea what, why or how, all we've heard is that a body has been found."
By around 1.30pm, the investigators had begun to wind down their search.
A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: "Police received a report from the ambulance service at about 5.15am on Sunday, January 6, reporting the death of a woman outside the Derwent Manor Hotel in Allansford.
"The death is being treated as unexplained at this time but there is believed to be no third party involvement.
"A report is being prepared for the coroner."