A WOMAN’S body has been found in a cemetery as police continue to search for a missing mum-of-two.
Lindsay Birbeck, 47, was last seen on CCTV in the village of Huncoat, near Accrington, Lancs., on 12 August.
Cops said a woman’s body was found in Accrington Cemetery on Burnley Road at about 8pm on Saturday.
Officers are not yet able to confirm her identity, and a post-mortem examination will be carried out to establish the cause of death.
Forensic officers have been examining the scene.
Hundreds of volunteers joined emergency services to help with the search for vanished Lindsay who worked as a teaching assistant, Lancashire Live reports.
Her “out of character” disappearance has prompted a wave of searches across the area.
A statement from Lancashire Police said: “We are not in a position to confirm the woman’s identity at this stage and while the family of missing teaching assistant Lindsay Birbeck have been told of this latest development we would ask once again that people do not speculate on social media, as this could cause the family additional distress.”
Accrington Stanley football club used screens at their League One match on Tuesday to highlight Lindsay’s vanishing.
She is described as white, slim, 5ft 11in tall, with shoulder-length dark hair.
She was wearing a purple bubble jacket and black leggings and trainers.
Last Monday Detective Chief Insp Allen Davies urged a dog walker seen walking in the area around 4.30pm to contact police.
Police believe Lindsay may have walked from Burnley Road into a wooded area known as The Coppice.
He said: “The Coppice is an area familiar to Lindsay. There’s also a suggestion that she may have made her way towards that area so we have done some significant searches in the area of The Coppice.
“The information we have had is that Lindsay has potentially made her way down Peel Park Avenue, the base of that runs towards The Coppice.
“We think around 4.30pm she may have been around that area.
“We do know there’s a dog walker walking a dog around that time frame and what I would appeal for is that the dog walker makes contact with us so we can speak to them and maybe get some more information that will help locate her.”
Anyone who knows her whereabouts, or has seen anyone matching her description, is asked to call police on 101 quoting log 0016 of August 13.
For immediate sightings please call 999