A WOMAN who was the subject of a three-hour police helicopter search has sadly been found dead in woodland.
Concerns were raised to police at 9.25pm on Wednesday for the 48-year-old.
Officers called for assistance from the Warton unit of the National Police Air Service at around 11.40pm.
The chopper was heard scouring the Standish Lower Ground, Shevington and Gathurst areas until 3am.
Locals reported the helicopter flying low for several hours using its light to search the canal footpath. It’s believed it searched back and forth from the Martland Mill area and Gathurst.
Sadly, it’s since been confirmed that the woman was found dead in the early hours of the morning.
A police spokesman said: “A missing from home and concern for welfare call came through about a 48-year-old woman at 9.25pm.
“We searched the area and paramedics found her in woodland off Standish Lower Ground, where she had sadly died. Her death is not being treated as suspicious.”
Tributes have since been paid to the woman on the Wigan Today Facebook page.
Clare Hobbs wrote: “RIP. You are in all yours friends and families thoughts. You were a lovely, full of life person and I for one feel lucky to have known you xx”
Patricia Ashcroft said: “So sad RIP poor lady ,my thoughts and prayers are with her family.”