A body found by househunters has been confirmed as that of missing Melanie Wilson.
Melanie, 22, was reported missing on October 21. The last person to hear from her was believed to be her father, who received a text from her saying “I love you” before replying that he loved her too.
He had seen her two days previously before she was reported missing. Melanie was originally from Mansfield, but had moved to Sutton two years ago.
Notthingham police investigated her disappearance and, on Thursday, the remains of a woman were found on Stoney Street in nearby Sutton.
It is understood that a woman looking around a bungalow with a view to renting the property found the body near bins in the garden.
Police have now confirmed that the body was that of Melanie.
A post-mortem examination has now been carried out, although it was unable to determine a cause of death. Further tests are now being carried out, although police say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the death and there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.
A neighbour close to the scene said the property was empty. She explained that the body had been discovered in the back garden when prospective tenants viewed the bungalow.
Gemma Flint, 34, said: ‘I was talking to the woman who came to view the empty bungalow – she was hoping to move into it.She came round to look and she pushed the gate and went round the back and she saw the girl sat at the side of the dustbin.
‘She was all dressed up in black, they thought she’d been beat up – it’s shocking.It makes me feel sick. I was going to go up there the other day and put the bin out but I didn’t, If I had…’
Melanie was last seen at 11.20pm on October 19 although had contacted her father after that.
Volunteers came out in force to search for Melanie before her body was discovered.
Police had also been searching a nearby pond in a bid to find her or any evidence related to her disappearance. They also handed out leaflets and urged residents to check their back gardens, outbuildings, sheds, and any other places which could be hidden from general view.
Officers say that Melanie’s family has been informed.