THE family of young mum Karen Simpson whose body was found after a major four-day search has thanked the community for its “overwhelming support”.
The message of thanks came as tributes poured in for mum-of-three Karen Simpson, who went missing after a trip to the supermarket.
Hundreds joined a search for the 31-year-old, who was suffering from post-natal depression, while businesses helped out by providing refreshments to volunteers. But it ended in tragedy after a body was found in fields off Marsh Moss Lane, near Martin Mere, last Wednesday.
Karen, from Elm Road, Burscough, was married to husband Phil and had two young boys and a baby girl.
Her family has now issued a heartfelt message to thank those who supported them.
It read: “The families of Karen and Phil Simpson would like to send a huge thank you to all the local businesses of Burscough and surrounding areas and individual people involved in the search for Karen.
“We would also like to thank the police for the dedication and support to the family.
“The support from the local community has been overwhelming.
“We cannot begin to thank everyone individually so we hope this message reaches all involved. Your kind words and thoughts are really helping the family at this time.”
Hundreds of tributes were posted on social networking sites, while Burscough Methodist Church opened its doors for villagers to pay their respects. Donations for the family are being collected at MBark tapas bar, on Burscough Wharf.