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Chelsea Allen: Tributes paid to ‘beautiful’ army veteran found dead in woodland

 (North Yorkshire Police)
(North Yorkshire Police)

The body of a 31-year-old woman has been discovered by police in a woodland more than a week after she went missing from her home.

Tributes have been paid to “beautiful” army veteran Chelsea Allen moments after North Yorkshire police said they had found a body in the woodland near Helmsley, Yorkshire.

A police helicopter, drones and off-road bikes were also used in the search for the army veteran after she went missing on Sunday June 26.

Mountain rescue were aiding police in their search for Ms Allen who family said had a “heart of gold”

Family member Lauren Naylor posted a tribute to Ms Allen with a picture of her.

She wrote on Facebook: “Fly high my beautiful. I love you so, so much.”

A fellow former soldier posted: “Chelsea was always a bright spark and had a wonderful personality making everyone laugh and giggle.

“Was an honour to have known and served alongside you for the time we did. My deepest condolences to her family and close loved ones. Gone but never forgotten.”

The tragic find came a day after Ms Naylor put out a desperate appeal for her whereabouts which said: “A week too long without CCTV to show she was seen that night leaving Helmsley. Please all my Facebook share.

“She really could be anywhere and the more people see it will be more aware all we want is for her to be home and safe. We’re all heartbroken.”

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “A police search team discovered the body this morning (Monday 04 July 2022) in woodland near Helmsley.

“Although formal identification has not been confirmed at this stage, officers believe the body to be that of Chelsea Allen. The circumstances are currently not believed to be suspicious.

“The family of Chelsea Allen have been informed of this news and are currently being supported.”

Ms Allen’s girlfriend Natasha Steve Lewzey had previously posted asking locals to search their gardens, churches, derelict buildings and garages in the area.

She wrote on Facebook: “HELMSLEY someone must have seen my girlfriend Chelsea she’s wearing a navy blue long-sleeved T-shirt with white patterns up the sleeves and grey joggers, Nike trainers.

“She’s on foot no phone or money she has to be here local. Has anyone given her a lift? Please help search we’re all really really worried. She’s been missing since early hours Sunday morning. Please ring 101 if you know anything even if it’s vague I beg you.”