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Police confirm body is of missing Bradford mum Seemberjeet Kaur
Police last night confirmed the body of a woman pulled from the River Aire near Leeds is that of missing Bradford mum Seemberjeet Kaur.
A member of the public reported a body in the water near Leeds station at about 1.35pm on Thursday – a little more than six weeks after the 35-year-old disappeared from her home in East Bowling.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said a post-mortem examination was carried out yesterday and the body had been formally identified as Mrs Kaur.
Her death was not being treated as suspicious and her next of kin had been informed, he added.
The married mum sparked a massive police search when she failed to collect her daughter, who was three but has since turned four, from nursery on Wednesday, October 23.
There had been no positive sightings of Mrs Kaur since about 1pm that day, when she was captured on CCTV on the Leeds-Liverpool canal towpath near Roberts Park, Saltaire.
Mrs Kaur, who had been taking medication for depression, had taken a taxi to Salts Mill from her home at about 10am.
Officers said they were particularly concerned for her welfare because she was suffering from anxiety and may wrongfully have had concerns about her health.
Police underwater teams had been carrying out searches along the canal and the River Aire from Saltaire towards Leeds, as well as scouring the park, woods, gardens and outhouses.
Detectives also carried out sonar searches concentrating on a small stretch of the River Aire which flows through Roberts Park.
Two weeks after she went missing, officers carried out an ‘information seek’ operation in the park, where residents were shown a photograph of Mrs Kaur to jog their memories and asked to fill out questionnaires to establish whether they might have seen her.
Her family had spoken of their hope she was still alive, saying her disappearance was out-of-character.
The Coroner has been informed and an inquest will be held in Mrs Kaur’s death.