Officers searching for a missing woman from Durham say there is “little realistic chance” she is still alive.
Pamela Jackson, 55 and from County Durham, was last seen just over a month ago. Her partner, Adrian Muir, 50 and of Calder Terrace, Halifax, has been charged with her murder.
Pamela was last spotted at the home she shares with her son, Andrew, in Chester-le-Street in County Durham.
Detective Superintendent Ken Donnelly, who is leading the investigation, said police had effectively exhausted all possible actions in the hope of finding Pamela alive.
“From the moment Pamela was reported missing we have carried out extensive work both in the Chester-le-Street and the West Yorkshire areas, but I am afraid we are now effectively looking for a body,” he said.
“As there have been no sightings of her in the last four weeks and no other evidence she is still alive, we have to acknowledge the reality of the situation.
“There are a number of lines of inquiry still in hand to trace Pamela’s whereabouts, and her family are obviously anxious she is found as soon as possible.
“Our efforts are therefore continuing, using all sources of information and technical assistance.
“As soon as the weather improves our search teams will resume their work across the moorlands and other areas in West Yorkshire and in County Durham.”
Detective Superintendent Donnelly said he was grateful for the assistance given by West Yorkshire Police, with who officers from Durham have been liaising from the start of the investigation.
He added that his team had also sought advice from national experts in forensics and search techniques over the course of the inquiries.
“I still have a large team of people working on this case and we will not rest until Pamela is found,” he said.
“Her family are being kept up to date with our work and of course as soon as there is any significant development we will let them know.”