The search for missing Market Rasen pensioner Marion Scott ended in tragic circumstances after her body was found on land near Sixhills on Monday afternoon.
The 83-year-old, known as Mary, who had Alzheimer’s, had been missing from her home in Acre Close since around 6.45pm on December 27.
The family, including her husband Douglas, had spent the day in a Market Rasen pub before Marion disappeared.
A huge search effort combed the area between Market Rasen and Louth in the subsequent days, with 4x4 vehicles, helicopters, planes and boats all taking part, as well as Louth Search Dogs and over 100 members of the public in a remarkable effort.
Although finding Mary appeared unlikely due to her Alzheimer’s, she was fit and agile and so her family clung on to the small hope that she might still be alive.
The family bravely appealed through the police to try and jog the memories of anyone who might have spotted her after she went missing.
There were reported sightings at Hainton, though Mary had no links with that area, and the police search efforts centred around the village after days of detailed searches around Willingham Woods.
On January 2 police asked the public to leave the search for their specially trained teams, but thanked them for their efforts.
But the sad news came on Monday afternoon that a body had been found on a track on farmland between Sixhills and Hainton.
Though police have not yet named the deceased, Mary’s grandson Alex Stork went on Facebook to confirm it was his grandmother.
“I can confirm the sad news that my grandma Mary Scott was found today (Monday) passed away,” he said.
“I believe this news is already public but would like to confirm the speculations.
“On behalf of the family I would like to once again thank everybody sincerely for their efforts and support over the last week and a half.
“The way the community has come together has been phenomenal.
“It has been fitting for a phenomenal lady.”
Speaking to the Leader’s sister paper, the Market Rasen Mail last week, Mary’s husband Douglas said the couple met 61 years ago at a dance in Caistor. They started a family in Nettleton and spent many years living there.
They did a lot of travelling after they retired, visiting Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada and California.
Douglas said his wife had started to show the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease shortly after they moved to their Acre Close home in Market Rasen about six years ago.
He said she slowly deteriorated but still managed to maintain her character.