The body found is believed to be that of Shannon Canning but no formal confirmation has been made (Picture: Lancashire Police/SWNS)
A body has been found in the search for a young missing woman.
Shannon Canning, 24, disappeared from her home in Lancaster last Friday when she failed to turn up for work.
Although no formal identification has been carried out, the body found at the River Lune near Halton at 4.20pm yesterday is believed to be Shannon’s.
Police have informed her family who said her disappearance was out of character during the search.
A force spokesperson said: ‘You may have seen a large police presence in Lancaster and we want to give you an update as to why.
‘We can confirm that we were called today (May 24) at around 4.20pm to a report that a body had been found in the River Lune, near Halton.
‘Specialist search teams have subsequently attended the area and can sadly confirm that the body of a woman has been recovered. Although formal identification has yet to take place, we believe the body to be that of missing Shannon Canning.
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‘Shannon’s family have been made aware of this sad development and our thoughts are with them at this upsetting time.’
Patrols increased over the days Shannon was missing and specialist divers joined the search and recovered the body.
As part of their inquiries detectives looked over CCTV in the area and quizzed members of the public.
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