POLICE have confirmed that the woman found dead close to an industrial estate near Catterick is Natalie Harker of Colburn.

The 30-year-old's body was found in wooded area in Brough with St Giles at around 4.45pm on Wednesday.

She had been reported missing earlier that day.

Detective Inspector Steve Menzies of the Major Investigation Team, said: “This is a very tragic case which has left a family devastated.

The Northern Echo:

“I am appealing for anyone who was close to Natalie to get in touch. If you were a friend, a colleague, or part of the same social circle, I urge you to please come forward and talk to us – even if you think you don’t know anything important.

“The smallest bit of information could help us piece together the full circumstances surrounding Natalie’s death.

“Specially trained officers are supporting the family and we ask that the media and the public respect their privacy at this extremely difficult time.”

  • Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, press 2 and ask to speak to The Major Crime Investigation Team or email MajorCrimeUnit@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk
  • Or use the police reporting portal here