'I've often wondered what happened to her' - heartbreak for Annie Dryden as body found after 4-month search

Annie Dryden
Annie Dryden -Credit:North Yorkshire Police

Tributes have been pouring in for Annie Dryden, who went missing four months ago, after a body was found during the search for her.

Annie, aged 20 and from Middlesbrough, was last seen in January getting off a train at Battersby, sparking a large search for her. Police issued numerous appeals and began to search moorland and even parts of London.

However, Annie was found at 1.12pm in woodland near to Battersby, North Yorkshire, yesterday afternoon. Formal identification has yet to take place, but Annie's family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

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The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner. Across social media, a number of people have paid tribute to Annie and her family.

Bette Dransfield wrote: "So very sad my thoughts are with her family and friends xxx".

Anna Conway added: "So very sad news.. Sending healing prayers to her family and friends. Xx". Amanda Jayne Clark wrote: "No age at all… so sad .. rip darling".

Sharon said: "So sad, sending love to her family". Dorothy said: "So very sad. Fly high beautiful. Rip, God bless the family and friends at this sad time".

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Tracy also wrote: "Aw how sad, very sorry it was the worst possible outcome.. Thinking of Annie's family and friends xx". Adele said: "Gutted for all. Another poor beautiful soul gone".

A tribute from Valerie read: "I've often wondered what had happened to her, this is such sad news, her poor family will be devastated. It's the worst news ever, condolences to family and friends. Fly high with the angels Annie, God bless x."

Julie said: "Aw thats so very sad. I kept wondering about this poor girl, kept sharing hoping she'd be found safely. Desperately heartbreaking for the family and friends. Thoughts to them all."

North Yorkshire Police released a statement thanking people for their help in the search. They 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."