A body has been found in the search for missing woman North East woman Alyson Walker, police have confirmed.

Alyson, 56, from Jarrow, was first reported missing from Sunderland city centre on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 20.

Extensive enquiries were carried out by Northumbria Police to locate her.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said today (Friday, March 22): "Sadly, a body was found in the Boldon area yesterday (Thursday) evening.

"Formal identification is yet to take place but Alyson’s next of kin have been notified and are currently being supported by specialist officers.

"This is an extremely sad conclusion to our investigation.

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The Northern Echo:

"Officers would like to thank everyone who helped in the search for Alyson by sharing appeals and providing information on possible sightings."

Officers do not believe there to be any third-party involvement and a report will be prepared for the coroner.