Feb 27 2013 By Rob Pattinson
A MAJOR search operation for a mum-of-three who went missing following a trip to the supermarket ended in tragedy this morning after the discovery of a body.
The body, believed to be that of Karen Simpson, of Elm Road, Burscough, near Ormskirk was found in fields off Marsh Moss Lane at around 10.30am.
Police said there were not thought to be any suspicious circumstances and a post mortem was due to be carried out.
A Lancashire police statement released today said: “Very sadly, at around 10:30am this morning, the body of a woman was found in a field off Marsh Moss Lane in Burscough.
“The body is believed to be that of missing 31-year-old Karen Simpson who had not been seen since the weekend.
“Karen’s family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers. We would like to thank all the community for their overwhelming support and assistance during the searches for Karen.”
The 31-year-old, who had been suffering from post-natal depression, was last seen leaving the village’s Tesco store at around 11am on Sunday.
She had told family she was heading out to buy nappies for her baby daughter, born in November, and to “clear her head” – but never returned.
The disappearance of Karen – who also had two young boys – had caused shockwaves through the tight-knit village.
Hundreds of volunteers, family and friends had taken part in the search for Karen, meeting each morning at Burscough Wharf.
A Facebook page appealing for her to come home had attracted more than 6,800 people.
Volunteers had taken part in coordinated searches of footpaths, fields and gardens around the area where she was last seen.