A body has been found in the search for a missing woman from the Hartlepool area, police have confirmed.

Cleveland Police had last night (Friday) issued an appeal after Susan Appleyard had gone missing, but this morning (Saturday, December 9) said a body had been later found.

A spokesperson for the force said: "Officers searching for missing 47-year-old Susan Appleyard from the Hartlepool area have sadly located the body of a woman in the early hours of this morning (Saturday 9th December).

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"Whilst no formal identification has yet taken place, Susan’s family have been informed and our thoughts remain with them at this extremely difficult time.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the Coroner."