Thursday 8 December 2016

Body of missing doctor found after two months of searches

Sally Wardle

Published 11/04/2016 | 14:01

Undated handout file photo issued by Devon and Cornwall Police of Rose Polge
Undated handout file photo issued by Devon and Cornwall Police of Rose Polge

A body believed to be that of a missing junior doctor has been been found, police said.

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Rose Polge, 25, who works at Torbay Hospital in Devon, has not been seen since February 12.

A woman's body was recovered from the sea east of Portland Headland in Dorset on April 1 but has not yet been formally identified, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Dr Polge's family have been informed.

In a statement, the force said: "Police are currently working on the belief that the body is that of 25-year-old missing person Rose Polge, from Torquay.

"Devon and Cornwall Police are working with Dorset Police and the Coroner's Office on this matter, and await the results of the formal identification."

Dr Polge's car was discovered in a car park near Anstey's Cove in Torquay, a shingle beach backed by hillside with thick woodland, at 6pm on Friday February 12.

Police officers and divers, with the Coastguard, RNLI and Dartmoor search and rescue, have been involved in the hunt for her.

A hoodie found on the beach is understood to have been identified as belonging to Dr Polge.

It also emerged that she had left a note to loved ones before she disappeared.

It is understood that UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was mentioned in passing in the note, which was addressed to her friends and family and was not political.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said at the time: "We would not speculate on any contents of any note."

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