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Woods body identified as Joanne
Joanne Nelson
Joanne Nelson was reported missing on Valentine's Day
Police have confirmed a concealed body found in woodland in North Yorkshire is that of missing 22-year-old Hull woman Joanne Nelson.

The body was discovered by detectives leading the search near the village of Brandsby on Thursday afternoon.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Friday revealed the cause of death to be manual strangulation.

Miss Nelson was reported missing on Valentine's Day. Her fiancÚ Paul Dyson, 30, has been charged with murder.

Miss Nelson's parents, Charlie and Jean Nelson, identified their daughter's body on Friday afternoon.

We are so relieved to get our darling daughter Joanne back
Charlie and Jean Nelson, parents

In a statement they said: "We have so many people to thank but we are so relieved to get our darling daughter Joanne back."

After thanking police and family liaison officers they continued: "We have come to terms with this now and the media have done a great job, but we need to grieve alone as a family now."

The body was found in a spot due to be searched on Saturday, by Detective Superintendent Ray Higgins, who is leading the murder inquiry, and Detective Constable Phil Gadd.

Det Supt Ray Higgins said on Friday he was relieved for Joanne's family.

Private time

"I met them last night to tell them what had happened yesterday afternoon.

"I think I can say that they too are relieved.

"There are a great many other emotions involved, but this is a private time during which the family and friends must be allowed to come to terms with these events."

Map locating where body was found
Ms Nelson's body was found near Brandsby

The search for Miss Nelson's body was about to enter its sixth weekend when her body was found.

Det Supt Higgins said the body was found after he and Det Con Gadd saw a farm which matched a description of one they had been seeking.

"So we went for a walk. The rest is history.

"The site had not been subject of any previous intelligence from the public, the incident room had not been made aware this was a potential body deposition site and it had not been searched before," said Mr Higgins.

Miss Nelson lived with Mr Dyson at their home in Hotham Road North, Hull.

She failed to turn up to work at the local jobcentre on 14 February.

Mr Dyson was remanded in custody until 4 May by a judge at Hull Crown Court last month.

Joanne's body was found by chance

Joanne police search woods area
24 Mar 05 |  Humber

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