The body of a woman which was discovered in the River Tyne earlier this week is that of missing Northumberland mum Sally Allan, police have confirmed.
At 1.07pm on Wednesday, a woman's body was found in water near to the riverside in Jarrow, it was reported yesterday. The body was recovered from the water and inquiries were being carried out to identify the woman. This afternoon, police have confirmed that it is the body of Mrs Allan, 59, who went missing from her Ponteland home in the early hours of Boxing Day.
Yesterday, Mrs Allan's family said they were feeling 'great sorrow, but relief' after the news that the body had been discovered.
CCTV footage of the last confirmed sighting of her showed her walking alongside the River Tyne near the Copthorne Hotel at around 7.15am on Boxing Day. The camera loses sight of her as she approaches the Swing Bridge. Last month, the family admitted they had lost hope of Sally being found alive and on January 10, hundreds of people joined husband Gordon Allan and their children David, Clive and Claire for a poignant ceremony to lay flowers at the Quayside.
Following Sally's disappearance, the family set up an online fund-raising page to raise money for mental health charity Mind. More than £15,000 has been donated so far.