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Wednesday, 27 February 2013 (3035827)
Police find body of Burscough mother Karen Simpson
by David Simister

WEST Lancashire police officers have today confirmed they have found the body of Burscough mother of three of Karen Simpson, who went missing last weekend.

Lancashire Constabulary confirmed that at 10.30am on Wednesday (February 27) they found a woman's body in a field off Marsh Moss Lane in Burscough, ending days of searches for the 31-year-old mum, who went missing last Saturday morning during a shopping trip.

A spokesperson for the force said: “Karen’s family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers. A post mortem examination will be carried out to establish the cause of death but at this stage there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.

”We would like to thank all the community for their overwhelming support and assistance during the searches for Karen.“

Karen, who was suffering from postnatal depression, left her home on Elm Road at at around 10.40am last Sunday morning and was last seen on a shopping trip at the town's Tesco Extra supermarket at around 11am. Hundreds of people, including 30 police officers, had been involved in a search for her, while more than 2,000 people had lent their support to a page on Facebook assisting with the search.

Lancashire Constabulary have asked for any appeals which are still running to be cancelled.


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