Detectives searching for 25-year-old Samantha Henderson have found a body in Hamworthy, Poole.
At around 1pm today (30 January), officers searching for the mother-of-four discovered a body in the lake of Ham Common.
The body is thought to be that of Samantha Henderson and her next of kin have been informed. Her Majesty’s Coroner has been made aware, although formal identification has not yet taken place.
The scene remains cordoned off while forensic investigators carry out their examinations. The search off the A351 near Corfe Castle is still ongoing.
Samantha, of Halves Cottages, was reported missing at 8.43am on Thursday 22 January.
The last confirmed reported sighting of the mother-of-four was at around 3pm on Wednesday 21 January outside Corfe Castle Primary School in East Street.
Senior investigating officer Neil Devoto, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Family liaison officers have updated Samantha’s family with today’s development. Clearly, this is a very difficult time for the whole family and they have requested privacy. Her children are being cared for by relatives.
“I would like to thank the public for all their help during this investigation and their patience and understanding, in particular the communities in the Corfe Castle and Hamworthy area who have seen a great deal of police activity over the last week.
“I am still keen to hear from anyone who saw Samantha’s blue Peugeot 307 estate car with the registration HV04 ZFM being driven in the Lake Pier and South Haven Close areas between 3pm on Wednesday 21 January and 5pm on Friday 23 January to contact me in confidence.
“I am urging anyone who saw anything suspicious in this area between the relevant times to get in touch.”
Samantha’s partner Dominic Isom, 27, of Corfe Castle, has been charged with her murder.
DI Devoto continued: “It is important to stress – as is typical in such circumstances – that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.
“I would also like to remind the public that certain legal constraints apply as a person has been charged in connection with this investigation. Therefore Dorset Police would hate for anyone to accidentally impact on the investigation or court case by posting well-intended but inappropriate comments on social media.”
Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting Operation Cavalier or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, where mobile phone tariffs may apply.