In the last few minutes Insp Simon Outen has given a statement to the media confirming that the body found in Sixhills on Monday is definitely that of missing Market Rasen pensioner Mary Scott.
He has also thanked the public for their help with the search and said there was an “overwhelming sense of community”.
He said: “Although the formal identification of the body found will probably not take place until later today, we have consulted with the coroner’s officer and there are no issues with confirming that, based on the available evidence, it is Mary, or Marion.
“Our searches have been stood down and this brings an end to more than two weeks of intense police activity in the area.
“Obviously or thoughts are with Mary’s family at this difficult time and our family liaison officer is still in regular contact with them. This will continue over the coming weeks.
“One of the most striking features of the search for Mary was the overwhelming sense of community that was demonstrated by the large number of people who came forward to help.
“As well as more than 100 people assisting with searching the area on foot, volunteer 4x4 groups, dog search teams and even people with planes offered their services.
“I know the family have also received an enormous amount of support and messages of goodwill. They have asked us to pass on their thanks to all of these people.
“The family has asked that people do not leave flowers in the area or send them to the funeral. Mary would have preferred the money to be donated to charity. Details of suitable charities will be released by them as soon as possible.”
Mary, 83, who had Alzheimer’s disease went missing from her home in Acre Close on December 27.