Missing woman: body found

PUBLISHED: 13:08 14 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:26 15 June 2010

THE body of a woman was found at the bottom of cliffs near Beer on Friday after a major search operation.

THE body of a woman was found at the bottom of cliffs near Beer on Friday after a major search operation.A formal identification has not yet taken place but the body is believed to be that of Julianna Gregory, 65, who went missing last week.The death is not being treated as suspicious and her next of kin have been informed of the discovery.The police and coastguard launched the search operation after Mrs Gregory's husband reported her missing from their Lyme Regis house at 11.14am on Tuesday, October 7.She left the house sometime between 3am and 7am and left a note for her husband saying she had gone out.Police were concerned for her welfare as her disappearance was "out of character" and she had not taken her bag, purse, medication or mobile phone.The only thing Mrs Gregory, who used to live in Okehampton, had taken with her was a bus pass.The last positive sighting was around 9am on Tuesday in Lyme Regis when she was seen by a male resident. However, Dorset police confirmed a person matching her description was spotted at 9.20am in the Beer area.Police made house to house enquiries, conducted a 300 yard search around her home, put up posters, contacted local hospitals, taxi and bus firms but without success.They also searched areas that Mrs Gregory, a keen walker, had been known to visit including a golf course to the east of Lyme Regis and the coastal path towards Seaton.The police helicopter made a visual and thermal search of coastal roads and the area around Lyme Regis on Wednesday.The coastguard helicopter made a further search of Charmouth in Dorset and Branscombe and the RNLI lifeboat made a shoreline search.Beer coastguard helicopter found the body at around 11.20am on Friday morning and then directed Beer Coastguard team to the scene on foot. The search for Mrs Gregory was then called off.

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