Tragedy as body is found in search for missing woman Vanessa Ford after bestselling author shares appeal | The Sun

Tragedy as body is found in search for missing woman Vanessa Ford after bestselling author shares appeal | The Sun

September 26, 2023

A BODY has been found in the desperate search for a missing woman after a bestselling author shared an appeal to find her.

Mum Vanessa Ford was last seen on doorbell footage near her East London home on Saturday.

Friends shared desperate appeals to find her – including bestselling author of The Hungover Games, Sophie Heawood.

But Met Police have today revealed a heartbreaking update, saying a body had been found in the search for Vanessa.

A statement said:"A woman was reported missing to the Met on the evening of Saturday, 23 September and a number of enquiries were undertaken to locate her.

"We have been made aware of an investigation by the British Transport Police following a death on tracks between Dalston Kingsland and Hackney Central on Saturday morning and are liaising with them.

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"While formal identification awaits, the family of Vanessa Ford have been informed of this development."

It is understood that Vanessa had returned home from Manchester at 10am that morning.

She later changed clothes and left the house – with doorbell footage showing her strolling along the pavement near her home an hour later.

Doorbell footage shows her in a dark top and leggings in the Richmond Road area of Hackney at around 11am – close to where she lived.

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She was last seen carrying a pink and white water bottle and her last confirmed sighting was on St Philip's Road in Hackney.

Sharing a photo of the missing woman, author Heawood wrote: “A friend of friends, a mother, has gone missing from London Fields, Hackney.

“Missing person Vanessa has been missing since 11am Sat 23rd September.

“Last seen in vicinity of Richmond Road where she lives, in dark top and leggings.

“Please contact police with any info at all.”

Heawood also shared a photo of blonde-haired Vanessa in a green floral top.

Others joined the search for the mum, including New Statesman culture editor Tom Gatti.

He tweeted: “Looking for our friend Vanessa from Hackney, who has been missing since Saturday morning.”

Within hours, dozens more had joined the call to find Vanessa – plastering images of her across social media.



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Heawood is a bestselling author who wrote her memoir, The Hungover Games: A True Story.

The book details Heawood's life as a single mother working as a celebrity interviewer in Hollywood, living off the Sunset Strip before moving back to East London.

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