Man arrested on suspicion of murder following death of woman in Colburn

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman in Colburn.

A woman’s body was found on land behind the Lidl store at Brough with St Giles at around 4.45pm on Wednesday.

The woman has not yet been formally identified.

However, it is understood the family of 30-year-old Natalie Harker, who was reported as missing from her home in Colburn earlier in the day, have been informed.

A 44-year-old local man is being questioned in custody while extensive police enquiries continue in the area.

Police issued an appeal for information yesterday stating that Natalie was last seen on CCTV on Richmond Road, Catterick Garrison, just before 8am that day.

She was wearing a pink fluorescent raincoat and dark waterproof leggings and riding her blue coloured bicycle.

Natalie Harker.

Residents reported a large police presence in the Colburn area yesterday afternoon with numerous police vehicles and helicopters.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is urged to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Please quote reference number 12190187139 when providing details about this incident.