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Body recovered by Natasha police
Natasha Coombs
Natasha had been out with friends on the night she went missing
A body found by police searching for a missing teenager has been recovered from near a railway line.

Natasha Coombs, 17, has not been seen since boarding a train from Ipswich in Suffolk to her home in Dovercourt, Essex, on 27 July.

Essex Police said a body was found on Friday a mile south of Manningtree railway station in Essex, where Natasha is believed to have got off the train.

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place later on Saturday.

Essex police confirmed the body was found a mile down the line on the London side of Manningtree in undergrowth next to the railway line after a report from a passing train driver.

The station was closed to passengers on Friday evening.

Body scene
Police cordoned off the area near where the body was found

It has now reopened and trains are running as normal, though British Transport Police said there could be some disruption if officers needed to carry out further work at the scene.

Police officers are preventing members of the public entering a road in Lawford, which is where the discovery of a body was made.

The scene, which is near a railway bridge, is being guarded by officers.

The body, thought to be that of a woman, was recovered by police despite "hazardous" conditions, a spokesperson said.

Natasha had been out for a meal with friends in Ipswich on the night she went missing.

She had separated from her boyfriend two weeks before, which police believe she might have been upset about on the night she disappeared.

Earlier her former boyfriend Joshua Brennan, 18, made an appeal for help to find her.

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