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Body found in Cumbria confirmed as missing walker

Gwenda Merriot
Image caption Gwenda Merriot was last seen at Rydal Road car park in Ambleside

Police have confirmed that the body of a woman found on a Lake District fell was that of a missing walker.

Members of the Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue team made the discovery near Stone Arthur on Tuesday morning.

The search for Gwenda Merriot started on 1 December when she was last seen at a car park in Ambleside.

A post-mortem examination will take place, but it is not thought that the death of the 60-year-old, from Wilton, Wiltshire, is suspicious.

Ms Merriot went missing as heavy snow swept the county.

Mountain rescue teams with search dogs scoured the area, but deep snow drifts hampered the search.

On 13 December, a member of the public contacted police after finding a rucksack believed to have belonged to Ms Merriot on Stone Arthur, close to Great Rigg.

After the find, a more concentrated search began.

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