It follows the discovery of an elderly woman’s body in the River Nidd, near the viaduct close to Mother Shipton’s Cave, at around 8.50am on Wednesday 4 December 2013.
Although the enquiry is still at a very early stage, officers have not found anything to suggest there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
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Police enquiries remain ongoing to establish the woman’s identity. She is described as being white, around 5ft 2in tall with a medium to heavy build and grey hair. She was wearing a cream cardigan, a white t-shirt with a black flower on it, black trousers and shiny black shoes. The woman also had gold earrings and gold rings on. Following a search of the area, officers found a black coat with a leopard print collar by the side of the river.
Detective Sergeant Dave Horne, of Harrogate CID, said:
If you recognise the description of the woman, I urge you to come forward as a matter of urgency.
I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have noticed that a relative or neighbour has not been seen recently and ask them to get in touch.
I also need to speak to anyone who was in the area near the River Nidd, prior to the body being located, so that I can understand how the woman came to be in the river.
Anyone who can assist officers to identify the woman should contact Harrogate CID on 101, select option 2 and ask for Dave Horne. Alternatively, information can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference number 12130209521.