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Woman's body found in river

A search and rescue team on the banks of the Usk in Brecon on Sunday
A search and rescue team on the banks of the Usk in Brecon on Sunday

Rescue teams searching for a 21-year-old woman who went missing in the River Usk in Brecon have recovered her body.

Dyfed-Powys Police have named her as Kirsty Jones, who is from the area.

The force said her body was found downstream from Brecon, near the village of Talybont-on-Usk, at about 0930 GMT on Tuesday.

Emergency services, including a mountain rescue team, started searching for Ms Jones after she disappeared near a river bridge on Saturday night.

Dyfed-Powys Police said the body was discovered by a member of public in a river only accessible through fields near Talybont-on-Usk, about six miles downstream from Brecon.

A force spokeswoman said: "Police can confirm that the female who died in the River Usk, Brecon is 21-year-old Kirsty Jones from the Brecon area."

Search teams scoured the banks of the River Usk to try and locate the missing woman

Fading light forced the major search operation to finish for the second time in two days on Monday.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue and Brecon Mountain Rescue team, working on foot and in kayaks, have been involved in the search for the woman.

Dyfed-Powys Police are continuing to investigate the full circumstances surrounding why the woman went into the river.

In the meantime, officers have urged the public to stay away from the water's edge amid fears that others could be swept away.

Meanwhile, an 85-year-old woman has been found dead in the River Severn at Newtown, Powys.

The pensioner was discovered by a police officer on Monday afternoon after she was reported missing by a neighbour last Saturday.



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