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The husband of a woman found dead at the weekend says that he is "extremely grateful" to everyone who helped look for his wife
The body found in a river has now been officially confirmed as missing woman Kathleen Morris.
Last week, friends, family and members of the public spent six days searching for the 61-year-old, of Margaret Close in Waltham Abbey.
However, just hours after telling the Guardian how much he missed his wife of 38 years, Robert Morris, 60, was notified that a body had been found near Commill carpark.
Police are not treating the death as suspicious.
Today Mr Morris has thanked the public for their support at such a tragic time for his family.
He said: “My son went to identify her. I thought I could do it but I couldn’t.
“I went and laid some flowers down at the site where they found her with my sister-in-law. We just stood there in prayer.
“I can’t thank Essex Police enough for their professionalism and the way that they conducted themselves during the search for Kathy.
“I just can’t believe it. I’ve had cards from people I don’t even know offering support.
“It is tremendous to see how people in the Abbey are when the chips are down.”
A post mortem examination is set to take place.
Mrs Morris, who lived in Honey Lane for 32 years, leaves behind two daughters aged 36 and 32, and a son aged 27.
Mr Morris said she was well known in the community.
“The funeral director saw her picture and shook his head, he said he had seen her before. We haven’t made arrangements yet, it’s a waiting game.
“I’m just so grateful for the support.”
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