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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Body of missing woman found in north Cumbria

The search for a missing woman has ended in tragedy after police confirmed her body has been found.

Marian Page photo
Marian Page

Marian Page, 57, of Southwaite, between Carlisle and Penrith, had not been seen since Friday and a huge hunt was launched to try and find her.

Officers appealed for Mrs Page, a teacher at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith for 18 years, to get in touch.

They said they were very concerned about her because the disappearance was out of character.

Police said she last spoke to someone on Friday and her car was found abandoned at Castle Carrock at the weekend.

Today the force confirmed that the search was now at an end. There are no suspicious circumstances.

A spokeswoman said: “Cumbria Police can confirm that a body was found yesterday at around 2pm, which has been identified as missing person Marian Page, 57, from Southwaite.

“She was found in the Castle Carrock area. Police are not treating her death as suspicious.

“Her family are being supported by officers at this difficult time.”

The website of the school where she worked said Mrs Page taught geography and was the head of environmental science.

Headteacher Chris Kirkup said she was an outstanding teacher and everyone had been devastated by her death.

"She taught environmental science and geography to sixth formers with an intellect and passion which shone through in both her teaching and the impressive results her students achieved," he added.

"In her time at the school, Marian at different times held the positions of head of geography, head of Year 7 and head of Year 8 and, most recently, she was joint head of Sixth Form. To all these roles she brought meticulous attention to detail and an absolute insistence on doing the very best she possibly could for the students in her care.

"Many hundreds of students owe their success in their A Level examinations and their places at university to her inspiring teaching, guidance and support whilst they were in her year group in the Sixth Form."

Officers and volunteers from Penrith Mountain Rescue Team combed Gelt Woods, near Hayton, on Sunday while a Sea King helicopter from RAF Kinloss circled overhead.

Police appealed for the missing woman to get in contact with officers, her family or friends.

Sergeant Kim Kidd said yesterday that the last contact with Marian was on Friday and involved a friend and she had not been seen or heard from since.

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