Police searching for Army chef discover body in woodland

Chelsea Allen vanished eight days ago with no phone or money

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Police investigating the disappearance of Army chef Chelsea Allen have tragically found a body in woodland.

Chelsea, 31, went missing from her home in Helmsley, North Yorkshire at 3am on June 26.

A monumental search began following her disappearance, with teams scouring areas surrounding Ms Allen's home.

The "completely out of character" act from the Army chef, sparked increased concerns from friends and family.

Police confirmed today a body was discovered in a wooded area in Helmsley.

The body is yet to be formally identified, but officers believe it to be Ms Allen.

Chelsea Allen went missing eight days ago
Chelsea Allen went missing eight days ago

Her death is not being treated as suspicious, with police adding how her family have been informed.

The tragic discovery follows devastating pleas from Ms Allen's family, who urged members of the public to come forward, describing the veteran as having a "heart of gold".

Lauren Naylor said: "A week too long without CCTV to show she was seen that night leaving Helmsley. Please all my Facebook share.

"She really could be anywhere and the more people see it will be more aware all we want is for her to be home and safe. We’re all heartbroken."

While girlfriend Natasha Steve Lewzey urged: "Go check derelict buildings, sheds, stables, land, bushes, empty houses, unused cars, vans, farm vehicles, empty shops not in use, churches, barns, whatever."

North Yorkshire Police made a statement following the discovery, saying: "Police searching for missing 31-year-old Chelsea Allen have sadly recovered a body.

"Although formal identification has not been confirmed at this stage, officers believe the body to be that of Chelsea Allen. The circumstances are currently not believed to be suspicious.

"The family of Chelsea Allen have been informed of this news and are currently being supported."