DETECTIVES searching for missing mum-of-two Katie Kenyon have found a body.

Extensive searches have been taking place in and around the Forest of Bowland all week, after Katie was last thought to have been seen in a van travelling to the area.

Officers made the discovery last night (Friday, April 29th) after receiving new information about a location where Katie could be.  

Though officers are not in a position at this stage to formally confirm the woman’s identity, but they do believe the body is that of Katie.

Her family have been told and they continue to be supported by specially trained officers. 

A Home Office post-mortem examination will now be carried out to try to establish the cause of death.   

Det Supt Gary Brooks, head of Lancashire’s Force Major Investigation Unit, said: “Following extensive police enquiries and after a number of days of searching I can now sadly confirm that we have found a body and at this time we believe it to be that of Katie Kenyon.

"Katie’s family have been told and my heart goes out to them at this time. We have specially trained officers supporting them at this difficult time.  

“I would like to thank the public and the media for all the help they have given us during what has been a protracted, complex and very emotive search and I would also like to thank both the partner agencies and all of the police officers and staff who have been involved in the search for Katie.

"While this is not the conclusion to those searches any of us would have wished for I know the family appreciate those efforts. 

“Once again, my thoughts today are with Katie’s family and all of her loved ones.”  

Bury Times:

Detectives searching in the Forest of Bowland have found a body

Yesterday, Andrew Burfield appeared at Preston Crown Court charged with Katie’s murder.

Dressed in a grey prison tracksuit, Burfield, 50, appeared over the videolink in front of HHJ Simon Medland QC.

He is to stand trial later this year.

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Updates to follow.