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Body found in Christchurch Harbour following two-week search for missing Bournemouth woman Sylvia Jeeves (86)



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A BODY was found in Christchurch Harbour yesterday (Sunday) following a two-week search for a missing elderly woman.

Bournemouth 86-year-old Sylvia Jeeves had been reported missing on the evening of Sunday 13th March, and multiple emergency crews had been carrying out operations alongside Dorset Police in a bid to find her.

As reported in the A&T, there was a heavy police presence in Iford Lane, Iford, on Monday 14th March, including a helicopter overhead, as Sylvia – also known as Sylvia Collins – was thought to have been at an address in the area.

Police divers in the River Stour during the search for Sylvia
Police divers in the River Stour during the search for Sylvia

Last Friday officers from the Dorset and Devon & Cornwall forces’ marine team carried out a fruitless search of the River Stour near to Iford Lane.

Operations also involved members of the force drone team, Dorset Search & Rescue (DorSAR), Dorset Search Dogs, Wessex Flood Rescue Unit and Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service’s technical rescue unit.

The body was found in Christchurch Harbour (picture: Google)
The body was found in Christchurch Harbour (picture: Google)

The body of a woman was recovered from the water in Christchurch Harbour around 8.50am yesterday.

Formal identification was yet to take place, but Sylvia's next of kin has been informed. The death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner has been notified.

Ch. Insp. Neil Wright said: “We have informed Sylvia’s family of this very sad news and the thoughts of everyone at Dorset Police are with them.

“I would like to thank all of the agencies who helped us search for Sylvia, as well as members of the public who have assisted by sharing our appeals and responding with information.”



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