Body found in Cumbria thought to be missing walker

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Police said Gwenda Merriot's next of kin had been informed

A woman's body, believed to be that of missing walker Gwenda Merriot, has been found in Cumbria.

The body was discovered near to the fell, Stone Arthur, by Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue team at around 1045 GMT on Tuesday.

The operation to find the 60-year-old of Wilton, Wiltshire, started on 1 December when she was last seen at Rydal Road car park in Ambleside.

Next of kin have been informed. Police are working to formally identify her.

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 Monday 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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