A BODY has been recovered from the sea in the desperate search for a woman who vanished almost three months ago.
Katie Foulds, 22, was last seen on February 10 walking towards a beach in Lytham St Annes, Lancs.
Katie Foulds was last seen in February[/caption]
Tragically a body pulled from the sea on April 19 was today confirmed as Katie by police.
Her heartbroken mum Rachel Foulds paid tribute to her daughter on Facebook.
She said: “It’s with great sadness and a heavy heart I want to announce that a body was recovered from the sea last Monday and has now been identified as my beloved daughter, Katie.
“I just want to thank everyone for their loving support and kind wishes throughout this sorrowful time, especially those who went looking for her when she first went missing.
A huge search was launched for Katie after drone footage showed a figure walking towards the water 13 minutes after she was last seen.
Lancashire Police were scrambled to docks in Bootle, Merseyside, at around 5.30pm on April 19 to reports a body had been found.
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They said: “A Home Office post mortem was conducted to help identify the body and initially proved inconclusive. However, following further tests, we can now confirm the body found is Katie, 22, who went missing from home in Blackburn on February 10 and was seen later that day in St Annes.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious. Katie’s family have been informed and are being supported by officers.
“These are very sad and tragic circumstances and our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.”
Katie was last seen walking on the beach at Lytham St Anne’s[/caption]