Neighbours’ shock after body found during search for missing woman

Police discovered a body in Southsea yesterday
Police discovered a body in Southsea yesterday
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NEIGHBOURS have spoken of their shock after the body of a woman was found.

Police searching for missing woman Heather Bater made the discovery in Queen’s Place, Southsea, on Wednesday.

Hampshire Constabulary says the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Formal identification is yet to take place, but police said the partner and next-of-kin of missing Ms Bater have been notified.

One woman who lives nearby, but did not want to be named, said: ‘I heard what happened and couldn’t believe it.

‘It is such a sad thing to happen to anyone.

‘It’s a real shock.

‘I feel terrible just thinking what an awful time it must be for the family of whoever it was.’

Police issued a missing person’s appeal on Tuesday asking the public to help find missing 54-year-old Heather Bater, who was last seen on Saturday.

There had been a sighting of the woman reported near The Thicket in Southsea, which is close to Queen’s Place, on Sunday.

Officers said her condition at the time had led a member of the public to help her to her feet.

Hampshire Constabulary said in a statement: ‘We can confirm a woman’s body was found in the Queen’s Place area of Southsea on Wednesday.

‘The death is not being treated as suspicious.

‘Although formal identification has not been completed at this time, the partner and next-of-kin of Heather Bater have been notified.’