AN elderly woman has been found dead in a pond after disappearing from her home at the weekend.

The 74-year-old, of Manfield village, near Darlington, who has not been named, was discovered yesterday following a search by police.

She was last seen on Saturday lunchtime after going for a walk in the village.

Her anxious family raised the alarm after she failed to return by 4.30pm.

The woman's death is not being treated as suspicious.