Police searching for missing Katie Kenyon believe she is dead – and have arrested a man on suspicion of murder.
Ms Kenyon, 33, from Padiham in Burnley, was reported missing after being last seen at around 9.30am on Friday.
More than 60 specialist search officers from four police forces are scouring parts of Gisburn Forest in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley for the mother of two.
A 50-year-old man from Burnley who is being questioned on suspicion of kidnap has been further arrested on suspicion of murder.
Detective are set to ask magistrates for further time to question the suspect.
A statement from Lancashire Police said: “Whilst Katie has not yet been found we are now working on the basis that she is sadly no longer alive.”
It added that a man initially arrested on suspicion of her kidnap, has been further arrested on suspicion of her murder.
Detective Superintendent Gary Brooks, Lancashire Police’s Head of Major Crime, added officers are offering support to Ms Kenyon’s family following the latest development.
He said: “While I hold some slim hope that Katie may still be found alive I’m sad to say that Katie has now been missing for over four days.
“Despite extensive police inquiries and media appeals we have not found Katie nor have there been any sightings of Katie.
“We have spoken to Katie’s family today and they are understandably extremely upset by this latest development and I have officers continuing to offer them support. My thoughts are with them at this time.
‘We are continuing to search a number of different locations’
“I am really grateful for all the help that members of the public have given us so far and I would continue to appeal to anyone who has any information, however small, to come forward and speak to us.
“While we do have someone under arrest our inquiries are very much on-going.
“We are continuing to search a number of different locations in connection with this investigation, including at Gisburn Forest and I am grateful to colleagues from Merseyside and North Wales, and other emergency service partners who are offering assistance in the these complex and wide-scale searches.”
Ms Kenyon is described as white, 5ft 9in, with shoulder-length strawberry blonde/ginger hair.
She was last seen wearing a blue shirt or jacket and white vest top, black leggings and flip flops.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting log 800 of April 24 or you can contact us through the Major Incident Public Portal at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020119P01-PO1
Alternatively, contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.