Body found in search for missing pensioner Alma Royle
Police searching for missing pensioner Alma Royle have discovered a body in fields near the A30 on the outskirts of Exeter.
The discovery, in the Pocombe Bridge area of the city, comes after an extensive search operation and numerous appeals.
Officers came across the body yesterday morning, two weeks after the 83-year-old was last seen at the Co-op store in Dunsford Hill on Friday July 26.
Police said her relatives have been kept fully informed of developments.
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Police and rescue teams conducted a major search for the missing woman after concerns were raised on the Saturday after she vanished.
The force helicopter, more than 20 officers and dogs joined the hunt.
Her daughter Louise Johnson flew over to Exeter from her home in Paris to help with the search.
She described her mother, who lived in Exeter for 27 years and was thought to be happy there, as "fiercely independent", adding: "She has signs of dementia but it is undiagnosed.
"She had a usual routine of going to the shops and this is the first time she has wandered off."