Annie Dryden: Body found in North Yorkshire woodland in search for missing Middlesbrough woman

Annie Dryden
Annie Dryden -Credit:North Yorkshire Police

A body has sadly been recovered in the search for missing young Middlesbrough woman Annie Dryden.

The body was discovered at around 1.12pm in woodland near to Battersby in North Yorkshire. Officers from North Yorkshire Police had been carrying out extensive enquiries to find Annie who was last seen on Thursday, January 4, this year.

Formal identification is yet to take place, but Annie's family have been informed and they are being supported by specialist officers. Although it is in the early stages, the death is not currently being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the Coroner.

20-year-old Annie disappeared in January after boarding a train at James Cook University Hospital train station, in Middlesbrough , before getting off in North Yorkshire. Extensive searches and enquiries were carried out - including the sharing of appeals in the South London area.

The investigation was first launched by Cleveland Police, but transferred to the force in North Yorkshire after CCTV emerged of Annie getting off the train in the small hamlet of Battersby. A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: "Thank you to everyone who shared our appeals and called in with information - our thoughts are with Annie’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time."