TRIBUTES have been paid to Natalie Harker who was tragically found dead near an industrial estate in Colburn.

Ms Harker, 30, of Colburn, had been reported missing on Wednesday and her body was discovered in a wooded area near the Walkerville Industrial Estate later that afternoon.

North Yorkshire Police launched a murder investigation and a 44-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and later released on bail.

Police confirmed Ms Harker's identity on Friday and people have taken to social media to pay tribute to her and send their respects to her devastated family.

Writing on facebook, Christine Anne Garstin said: "Such a lovely friendly young woman.

"Thinking of all the family at this traumatic time."

Ellen Farry wrote: "So sad, a lovely young woman god bless her family."

Police have appealed for anyone who may have any information that could help their investigation to contact them on 101 or email