Missing Samantha Henderson: Body found in search

Samantha Henderson, Image copyright dorset police
Image caption Samantha Henderson was last seen outside Corfe Castle Primary School on 21 January

A body has been found in the search for missing mother Samantha Henderson.

The body was found in a lake in the Hamworthy area of Poole more than a week after the 25-year-old mother of four disappeared, Dorset Police said.

The coroner has been made aware and, although formal identification has not yet taken place, her next of kin have been informed.

Ms Henderson's partner, Dominic Isom, pleaded not guilty to her murder, when he appeared at Winchester Crown Court.

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Image caption The body was found in a lake near the coast in a grassy area next to the Royal Marines camp
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Image caption Police released CCTV images of Ms Henderson in The Sweet Shop, Corfe Castle, on 21 January

Ms Henderson, of Halves Cottages, was reported missing at 08:43 GMT on Thursday 22 January.

The last confirmed sighting of her was at about 15:00 the previous day outside Corfe Castle Primary School in East Street.

Forensic investigators are carrying out examinations at the site and a search near the A351 near Corfe Castle is ongoing, Dorset Police said.

Neil Devoto, senior investigating officer with the force's major crime team, said: "Family liaison officers have updated Samantha's family with today's development.

"Clearly, this is a very difficult time for the whole family and they have requested privacy.

"Her children are being cared for by relatives."

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Image caption Police have appealed for information on the whereabouts of Samantha's car

Mr Devoto repeated an appeal for sightings of Ms Henderson's blue Peugeot 307 estate car - registration HV04 ZFM - being driven in the Lake Pier and South Haven Close areas between 15:00 on 21 January and 17:00 on Friday 23 January.

Mr Isom, 27, appeared in court on Friday and was remanded in custody until 22 May.

A trial has been set for July.

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