Uckfield woman’s body found in a ditch

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THE BODY of an elderly woman who had been suffering from dementia was found in a ditch near Uckfield early on Saturday afternoon.

Maureen Reed, 77 went missing from Uckfield Community Hospital at 6.10pm on Friday, July 13.

Police, hospital staff, and local people including Neighbourhood Watch volunteers and Sussex Search and Rescue (SSAR), had been searching through the night and all morning after her disappearance was noticed only minutes after she had last been seen. Maureen was able to walk.

Inspector Phil Hogan said; “The body has not yet been formally identified but in all the circumstances we must accept that it is almost certain to be that of Maureen. Her husband, who had just visited her, has been kept informed throughout and has been told of this tragic discovery.

“The death is not being regarded as suspicious and the Coroner’s Officer has been informed.

“We would like to thank all who helped in the search, which was carried out in some very bad weather and in areas, including the waterway, that were difficult to access. As well as local police officers and PCSOs we had the help of many local people including the Neighbourhood Watch volunteer search team and SSAR as well as the force’s Specialist Search Unit.”