Police confirm woman found dead is missing person Natalie Harker

Natalie Harker.

Police have confirmed a woman found dead in Colburn is a person who was reported missing hours earlier.

The body of 30-year-old Natalie Harker, from Colburn, was found in a wooded area near Lidl on Wednesday afternoon.

She had been reported missing earlier that day.

Detective Inspector Steve Menzies of the Major Investigation Team, said: “This is a very tragic case which has left a family devastated.

“I am appealing for anyone who was close to Natalie to get in touch.

“If you were a friend, a colleague, or part of the same social circle, I urge you to please come forward and talk to us – even if you think you don’t know anything important.

“The smallest bit of information could help us piece together the full circumstances surrounding Natalie’s death.

“Specially trained officers are supporting the family and we ask that the media and the public respect their privacy at this extremely difficult time.”

A 44-year-old local man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on conditional police bail.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, press 2 and ask to speak to The Major Crime Investigation Team or email MCIT@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively, please go to the police Major Incident Public Portal and submit the information to us. You can find the MIPP here https://mipp.police.uk/operation/12XN19A45-PO1

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12190187139 when passing on information.