Woman, 27, found dead in Marsden area during police search for missing person

A 27-year-old woman has been found dead in Marsden after going missing from home.

Police have confirmed that the body of a young woman was found at around 1.30pm on July 3.

Formal identification is yet to take place but officers believe the person is missing woman, Shona Lonsdale, who was reported as missing from her home in Houghton on July 2.

Police have confirmed that there is not believed to be any third party involvement in Shona’s death.

Shona Lonsdale

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said confirmed the body of a 27-year-old woman was found in the Marsden area.

The force initially said the body was found at Marsden Quarry, but the location has since been clarified by emergency services as being Marsden Old Quarry Nature Reserve.

The spokesperson added: "Formal identification is yet to take place but we do believe the body to be that of missing person Shona Lonsdale.

"Enquiries to locate Shona had been ongoing after she was reported missing from her home in Houghton on Friday, July 2.

"There is not believed to have been any third party involvement in Shona’s death and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

"Our thoughts remain with Shona’s family at this difficult time.”

Shona, who was the manager of Sunderland salon, Black Door Hairdressing, has been described as a ‘bubbly’ and ‘approachable’ person by her family.

After she failed to turn up for her shift at work on Friday morning her loved ones reported her as missing to police and launched an appeal for information on social media.

Northumbria Police have confirmed Shona’s family are being supported by officers at this time.

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