The efforts of Dorset Police and Dorset Search & Rescue to find Sara Taylor are close to ending as a body was found on farmland near Beaminster in Dorset on 2 March.
It is believed but not confirmed to be that of the missing woman, and as of yet there has been no official confirmation of the cause of death.
A native of Beaminster, 76-year-old Mrs Taylor was declared missing at 3pm on 28 February, and was last seen in a Co-op store in the town where she was pictured on CCTV.
She was reported to be 5ft 7, with grey short hair, a large build and at the time of her disappearance wearing dark red trousers and light jacket wellingtons. The police said Mrs Taylor was physically fit but could be “easily confused”.
Dorset Police received a call just after 5pm on 2 March, reporting a body had been found in the village of Mapperton, two and a half miles away from Beaminster.
Janet Page, Beaminster Councillor for West Dorset District Council, said her thoughts are with Mrs Taylor’s family.
She said: “I’m so sorry for Sara Taylor’s family at this very difficult time. I would also like to say how admiring I am of the police because they put a lot of effort into trying to find her.”
Dorset Police have thanked members of the public for helping search for her. A spokesman said: “The next of kin and coroner have been informed. We would like to thank everyone who assisted police with the search.”
“Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.”
Feature image courtesy of Dorset Police.