Police Find Body In Hunt For Helen Bailey

15 July 2016, 17:19 | Updated: 15 July 2016, 17:22

Police searching for missing children's author Helen Bailey have found what is believed to be a body within the grounds of her home in Royston, Herts.

The 51-year-old novelist went missing with her miniature dachshund dog Boris three months ago, on April 11.

A 55-year-old man from Royston was arrested on Monday this week on suspicion of murder, disposing of a body in a manner likely to obstruct the coroner and suspicion of theft of money belonging to Helen Bailey. The police then searched the large detached home and its extensive garden.

The man was bailed on Tuesday and re-arrested today on suspicion of murder.

Detective  Chief Superintendent Paul Fullwood, who leads the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said: "Helen's family have been updated of this significant development and are continuing to receive support from specialist family liaison officers. As you can fully appreciate this will be an extremely difficult time for them and they have requested their privacy be respected at this time. We are also mindful that Helen's disappearance, which has attracted significant media attention, has not only had an impact on her family and friends but also the local and wider community. However, as we have a man in police custody it is not appropriate for us to make any further comment."

The author, who wrote the teenage fiction series 'Electra Brown' and 'Daisy Davenport', was last seen on Monday April 11 at around 2.45pm when she left the large detached house in Royston Herts that she shared with her partner, his two children and their pet miniature dachshund, Boris.

Inside the house she had left a note for her partner Ian Stewart saying she wanted some time to be on her own and was going to stay at their holiday home in Broadstairs, Kent.

Four days later that he reported her missing, having travelled down to Kent and established that she never arrived at the house.

Since then she had not been seen and had not contacted friends or family, used her mobile phone or taken any money out of bank accounts.

On Monday the large white detached house was cordoned off with a 7-foot high green metal fence ringing the property. Forensic officers in white suits could be seen inside the property. A tarpaulin tent was at the front of the house and a generator could be heard from inside the enclosed garden.