Body found in search for missing woman

North Yorkshire Police have launched a cold case enquiry into the 14yrs old case of missing Gemma Simpson. They have been carrying out enquiries and forensic tests at an address in Harrogate and have been digging at the beauty spot of Brimham Rocks, near to Pateley Bridge. Gemma Simpson, who was 23 when she vanished in May 2000 after telling a friend she was catching a bus from her home in Harehills, Leeds, West Yorks., to the city centre. Picture shows Brimham Rocks. ''Paul Macnamara/rossparry.co.uk
North Yorkshire Police have launched a cold case enquiry into the 14yrs old case of missing Gemma Simpson. They have been carrying out enquiries and forensic tests at an address in Harrogate and have been digging at the beauty spot of Brimham Rocks, near to Pateley Bridge. Gemma Simpson, who was 23 when she vanished in May 2000 after telling a friend she was catching a bus from her home in Harehills, Leeds, West Yorks., to the city centre. Picture shows Brimham Rocks. ''Paul Macnamara/rossparry.co.uk

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a woman who went missing from her home more than a decade ago have announced they had found a body at a Yorkshire beauty spot.

Officers have been searching Brimham Rocks, near Knaresborough, in the wake of the arrest of a man who has admitted killing Gemma Simpson, of Leeds.

She was 23 when she vanished in May 2000 after telling a friend she was catching a bus from her home in Harehills to Leeds city centre.

On Friday officers confirmed a body had been found. Detective Chief Inspector Adrian Taylor, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “Officers investigating the murder of Gemma Simpson have recently been conducting enquiries in the vicinity of Brimham rocks in North Yorkshire.

“As a result of extensive work in this area officers from West Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Police have now located human remains. “It will take some time before the identification of the body can be confirmed but Gemma’s family have been kept fully informed of developments.

“Brimham Rocks itself remains open to the public.”

Martin Bell, 43, of St Leonard’s Crescent, Scarborough, was charged with her murder last month at a flat in Knaresborough Road, Harrogate, between May 4 and June 3, 2000. Leeds Crown Court has been told he has made “full and frank admissions” over her death.