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A woman police sergeant has been found dead in a woodland by colleagues who have been searching for her since she disappeared five days ago.

Louise Gibson was reportedly found hanged near Little Kingshill at around 4pm on May 19.

Her death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

An inquest is due to open later this week.

The married mother-of-three originally from Macclesfield served with Thames Valley Police for more than 10 years.

She had not been seen since 5.30pm last Thursday when she left her parents' home in Buckinghamshire.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead said: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm a body, believed to be our missing colleague Louise Gibson, was found in Little Kingshill, Buckinghamshire.

"Louise's family, friends and colleagues have been informed and are being supported. I would ask that their privacy is respected.

"This is a very sad time for her family and everyone at Thames Valley Police. We have a fine tradition of pulling together in times of adversity and I am confident we will continue to pull together and support each other.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the public and the search teams for their tireless efforts in the search for Louise."

As Gibson was reported missing after leaving work the matter has now been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.