Body found in search for missing 87-year-old Margaret Smith

Margaret Smith, 87, was missing from Lincoln House Care Home in Swanton Morley for more than 48 hours.

Margaret Smith, 87, was missing from Lincoln House Care Home in Swanton Morley for more than 48 hours. - Credit: Supplied by Murray Smith

Police have confirmed that a body has been found in the search for missing woman, Margaret Smith.

Norfolk Police confirmed the body of a woman was found in Swanton Morley this afternoon, Tuesday, June 15.

Officers were called to land off Elsing Road at about 2.20pm after a member of the public reported finding an elderly woman unresponsive on the ground.

Emergency services attended but sadly the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

While formal identification is yet to take place the family of Mrs Smith, an 87-year-old woman who went missing from Swanton Morley on Sunday evening, has been informed.

The death is unexplained but not being treated as suspicious. A file will be prepared for the coroner in due course.

People gather to begin searches around Swanton Morley for Margaret Smith who went missing from Linco

People gather to begin searches around Swanton Morley for Margaret Smith who went missing from Lincoln House. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Upon hearing the news, Mrs Smith's family reached out on social media to thank those who had joined in the search for her.

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Mrs Smith's son, Murray Smith, tweeted: "Thanks to everyone on Twitter who retweeted my appeal for help and subsequent messages of support."

Jayne Smith, Mrs Smith's daughter-in-law, wrote on Facebook: "Sadly the body of my mother in law, Margaret Smith has been found this afternoon.

"We would like to pass on our sincere thanks to each and everyone of you involved in the search for her over the past two days.

"Our particular thanks to the volunteers of Lowland Search & Rescue, the emergency services and councilor Roger Atterwill for organising the extraordinary numbers of volunteers. Thank you."

People gather to begin searches around Swanton Morley for Margaret Smith who went missing from Linco

The town sign in Swanton Morley, Norfolk. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Swanton Morley parish councillor, Roger Atterwill said: "It's very sad news and it's not the outcome we - or the family - wanted.

"The family have asked me to convey their sincere thanks to the local community.

"It was a tremendous effort in trying to find Margaret.

"We were blown away by the amount of people who came out to help us look for Margaret.

"I couldn't be prouder of the local community.

"It's just very sad news and our thoughts are with the family at this time."

Officers would like to thank Norfolk Lowlands Search and Rescue, Suffolk Lowlands Search and Rescue, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, the local parish council and community for their assistance.

Mrs Smith had last been seen at her home at the Lincoln House care home in Dereham Road, Swanton Morley, shortly after 9.30pm on Sunday, June 13.

Margaret Smith, 87, was missing from Lincoln House Care Home in Swanton Morley for more than 48 hours.

Margaret Smith, 87, was missing from Lincoln House Care Home in Swanton Morley for more than 48 hours. - Credit: Norfolk Police

More than 300 people, including some from the 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards, stationed nearby, worked until the sun had set on Monday to help police in their search.

And the search continued on Tuesday, when another group of volunteers turned up at Swanton Morley Village Hall to help emergency services for Mrs Smith.

People gather to begin searches around Swanton Morley for Margaret Smith who went missing from Linco

People gather to begin searches around Swanton Morley for Margaret Smith who went missing from Lincoln House. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

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