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Hopes fade for missing farm work Danuta Domagalska

Police searching for a missing Polish farmhand have admitted the chances of finding her alive are "slim" after a man's body was found.

Danuta Domagalska, 27, worked at New Moor Farm near Darlington and has not been seen since 6 August.

Her brother Piotr Lawniczak disappeared shortly afterwards. On Wednesday the body of an unidentified man was found hanging from a tree near the farm.

Police said the search continued but hopes for the 27-year-old were fading.

Image caption Mrs Domagalska and her brother live in a cottage next to the farm

Officers investigating Mrs Domagalska's disappearance had appealed for her 31-year-old brother to come forward.

The mother-of-one lives in a cottage next to the farm with her husband Marcin Domagalski, who is working with police as a witness, and her brother.

A spokesman for Durham Police said it was hoped the man's body would be formally identified and a post-mortem examination would take place on Thursday.

Det Supt Adrian Green, who is leading the investigation, said: "Our efforts will continue to find Danuta, but I have to be realistic and accept the chances of finding her alive are very slim."

Police said Mrs Domagalska, who has worked on the farm for three years, was "popular hard working and very friendly".

She has a five-year-old son who is being cared for by her mother in Poland.

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