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Human remains found as divers search River Severn for 'murdered' missing grandmother

By Harry Leather | Ironbridge | Crime | Published:

Human remains have been found in the search for Judy Fox nearly one month after she was allegedly murdered.

Divers in the River Severn searching for missing grandmother Judy Fox from Shifnal

Police officers have been searching for the 65-year-old grandmother and former nurse since June 14.

Detectives have now confirmed that remains have been found in a search in and around the River Severn in Coalport, Ironbridge. They are yet to be formally identified.

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Mrs Fox was allegedly killed by her daughter Lucy, 38, at her home in Shifnal.

The remains have been found five miles away from the alleged murder scene near The Lloyds road, which runs between the centre of Ironbridge and Coalport next to woodland and the River Severn.

It is not yet clear whether the remains were found on land or in the river but the discovery comes after nearly four weeks of searches involving helicopter, boats, divers, dogs and drones.

Judy Fox was allegedly killed by her daughter Lucy

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Officers remain at the scene, where divers remained on Friday, and The Lloyds is closed between Coalport High Street and Waterloo Street next to the Free Bridge.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Bellamy, of West Mercia Police, said: “Today we have been carrying out searches near The Lloyds at Coalport as part of our investigation to find Judy Fox after concerns were raised for her welfare on Sunday 14 June.

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Human remains found as police search River Severn

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“As part of these searches we have found human remains.

"Formal identification has not yet been carried out but we are keeping Judy’s family informed of this development and continue to support them at what must be a truly awful time."

Search teams in the Severn
Divers in Ironbridge

West Mercia Search and Rescue wrote on Facebook: "The team has been working closely with West Mercia Police during the extensive searches for Judy Fox. We are saddened that there has been a discovery of remains, and send our condolences to her family and friends.

"We also send our thoughts to all of the search officers and advisors involved in what has been a very large, resource intensive operation.

"Foot search, helicopter, boats, wading teams, divers, dogs and drones have all been in use in recent weeks."

Police blocking the road in Coalport on Friday
Forensic officers in Ironbridge
The Lloyds is closed from the Free Bridge to Coalport High Street

Police started their investigation after a fire at a house in Apley Park, between Bridgnorth and Ironbridge, in the early hours of June 14.

Nobody was injured in the fire but as officers investigated, they became concerned for the welfare of Mrs Fox and found she had gone missing from her Shifnal home.

The police cordon in Haughton Drive, Shifnal
Judy Fox was aged 65 and lived in Shifnal

The house in Haughton Drive was cordoned off as detectives began searching for Mrs Fox and arrested her daughter on suspicion of murder and arson.

Mrs Fox was a staff nurse at the Express & Star and Shropshire Star newspapers for many years.

She was described as a "wonderful mother and a devoted grandmother" by her family and "sympathetic and caring".

Lucy Fox, 38 and from Bernard’s Hill, Bridgnorth has been charged with murder and remains in custody ahead of a trial at Stafford Crown Court in November.

Harry Leather

By Harry Leather
Digital Editor - @hleather_star

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