A WOMAN’S body has been found in a fast-flowing river by police searching for a nurse who vanished in her hospital scrubs.
Laurie Jones, 23, was spotted leaving her night shift at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, in the early hours of yesterday morning.
But the alarm was raised the staff nurse failed to return to her home 17 miles away – and was reported missing by her worried family.
Laurie was still wearing her work clothes as she left Wales biggest hospital for the drive home to Pontllanfraith, Caerphilly, at 1.40am on Tues.
Police later said a woman’s body had been found dead in a car in a river just a mile from Laurie’s home – although no formal identification has yet taken place.
Motorists said the road where the woman’s car entered the river – the B4251 in Wyllie, near Pontllanfraith – was notoriously dangerous and driving conditions were poor.
A Gwent Police spokesperson said: “Following investigations by officers, the body of a deceased woman was sadly discovered inside the vehicle.
“Formal identification has yet to take place and officers are not treating the death as suspicious at this time.”
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Laurie’s sister Esme, thanked friends for sharing the appeal to find her, but later said: “Thank you for all the shares not the best news unfortunately.”
Police described Laurie as white, of medium build with long brown hair and wearing glasses.
They said that when she left the hospital “Laurie was last seen wearing blue nurses scrubs and black shoes and a blue NHS hooded top. She was also carrying a pink rucksack and pink water bottle.”
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