Body found in search for missing 14-year-old Jessica Blake


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Officers searching for a missing 14-year-old girl have found a body.

Police teams searching for missing Jessica Blake were called to a wooded area near Chester Avenue, Bervely, near Hull, at around 16:00 this afternoon where they found the body of a young girl.

The body is yet to be identified but Jessica's family have been informed of the discovery.

A major police search was underway after the 14-year-old girl was reported missing from her home yesterday afternoon.

Jessica is believed to have left her home in a distressed state and was last seen riding a pink bicycle and carrying a yellow newspaper bag in her home town of Beverley, near Hull, in East Yorkshire.

The 14-year-old had a regular paper round but local police cannot confirm if she had reported to the newsagent she worked for on the day of her disappearance.

Earlier, a Humberside Police spokesman said: "Police are concerned for her welfare as this is out of character for Jessica and she is believed to have been in a distressed state of mind when she left home.

"Specially-trained officers are conducting the search for Jessica with assistance from the Humberside Police helicopter and the underwater search unit."

A bicycle which matches the description of the one owned by Jessica was found earlier in the day.