A body found in a shallow grave on remote Calderdale moorland has been confirmed as that of missing grandmother Pamela Jackson.
And police revealed last night the 55-year-old woman died from head injuries.
A forensics tent has been pitched just off Turvin Road, Cragg Vale, since the Bank Holiday weekend as officers sealed off the area.
Durham Constabulary yesterday said the remains that had been unearthed were those of Ms Jackson, from Chester-le-Street who was last seen on since Saturday, March 2, and was officially reported missing on March 7.
Officers from Durham and West Yorkshire Police had been carrying out extensive searches across a number of locations since then, with additional help from specialist marine units, mountain rescue volunteers and police helicopters.
They were in the Ripponden area when they located the grave about 60m from the roadside.
A post mortem conducted by Home Office pathologist Dr Mark Egan yesterday concluded Ms Jackson died from head injuries.
Mis Jackson’s family have released the following statement: “Although the weekend’s developments came as a shock, our main feeling now is of enormous relief that Pamela has been found. The last few months have been a nightmare, all we have been able to do is sit and wait for news. Now we feel able to grieve properly and can think about bringing her home so we can give her a proper send off.
“We also want to thank all those involved in the search, who have worked tirelessly in some very difficult conditions.”
She had three sons, Andrew, Christopher and Joe and four grandchildren aged 11 months to 18 years.
It is believed she met her partner Adrian Muir of Calder Terrace, Copley, via the internet.
He has already appeared at Newcastle Crown Court charged with her murder and is currently on remand.
He will appear back at court on June 11.