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Body identified as missing Sally
Sally Geeson
Miss Geeson was last seen leaving a New Year's Eve party
A woman's body found in woodland in Cambridge has been identified as that of missing student Sally Geeson.

Miss Geeson, 22, disappeared early on New Year's Day after going to a party with friends.

A post-mortem examination carried out by a Home Office pathologist on Saturday showed she died of asphyxia.

Her naked body was found at Madingley, on Friday, three miles from the pub where Miss Geeson was last seen - she had sent text messages asking for help.

Further tests are now to be carried out on the body to establish if she had been the victim of a sex attack.

Our beautiful daughter has been taken from us and words cannot begin to express our heart-ache at this time
Family statement
Her body was discovered by a man out walking near a Second World War American Military Cemetery.

It was discovered shortly after her family, from Southend, Essex, made the latest in a series of appeals for information.

Through Det Sup Garry Swain of Cambridgeshire police, who now says he is leading a murder inquiry, the family issued a statement.

It said: "Our beautiful daughter has been taken from us and words cannot begin to express our heart-ache at this time.

"Sally was a wonderful and loving daughter, sister and friend and we are simply devastated."

Miss Geeson was a forensic science student at Anglia Polytechnic University from Southend in Essex.

A scene of crime officer at Madingley
A forensic crime officer at the site where Sally's body was found
People living in the area said the road off which Miss Geeson's body was found was a minor one used as a shortcut into Madingley village leading to Huntingdon.

They said it was not a road that people would be aware of unless they had local knowledge.

One villager, who did not want to be named, said: "I would have thought it was likely that someone would have to know that the road was there.

"It is not a road you would obviously turn down if you were driving past."

How the murder inquiry unfolded

'Kidnap' fears over missing Sally
07 Jan 05 |  Cambridgeshire
Taxi driver retracts Sally story
06 Jan 05 |  Cambridgeshire
Train sighting of missing Sally
05 Jan 05 |  Cambridgeshire
Missing woman 'called for help'
04 Jan 05 |  Cambridgeshire
Woman last seen on New Year's Day
03 Jan 05 |  Cambridgeshire

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