Grandson of tragic pensioner Marion Scott thanks Market Rasen community for help
The grandson of a missing Market Rasen pensioner who was found dead four miles from home has thanked everyone who tried to find her.
Dementia sufferer Marion Scott, 83, also known as Mary, left her house in Acre Close in the early evening of Thursday, December 27.
Her disappearance sparked a huge missing person inquiry involving at least 20 police officers a day, and more than 100 volunteers.
Searches took place by foot, road and air as people scoured woodland, fields, tracks and ditches over a nine-mile radius.
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Mary's body was eventually discovered by a shoot beater in the Sixhills area on Monday, January 7.
Grandson Alex Stork, 29, who lives in Leeds, told the Echo he was so grateful to everyone who gave up their time to help search for Mary.
"This has been a very sad end to the last couple of weeks. But we must take strength from the remarkable strength my grandma showed throughout her life and on her final journey," he said.
"Although we wouldn't like to publicise the exact place she came to rest, we can confirm it was a beautiful spot fitting to the countryside she held so dear. Many, many people have supported us through this time
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and we would again like to thank the members of the community, our friends, Lincolnshire Community Assistance Team, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Search and Rescue, Louth Volunteer Search Dogs and the police.
"Many people have asked if they can make donations in honour of Mary which we think is a very nice gesture.
"Although we are very touched about people wanting to leave flowers, we believe Mary would much prefer any money goes towards others in need.
"We will provide a list of charities very soon."
Police spokesman James Newall said formal identification was due to take place on January 10 following a post mortem examination.
"We suspended searches pending the formal identification," said Mr Newall.
"The support given by the local community was amazing. We had volunteers searching by air in their own planes, volunteer 4x4 groups and voluntary dog teams to support specialist teams.
"More than 100 people turned up at the police station to walk routes Mary may have taken.
"It was a fantastic response from the public which showed how close the community is and how they are prepared to help each other in times of need."
Mary, a former nursing sister at Grimsby hospital, had dementia for five years.
The family revealed she had previously walked out of the house looking for her concept of 'home'.
But on each occasion she was followed and brought back by her husband of 61 years, Douglas Scott, 84.
But this time she went so quickly he did not know which direction she took.
It has since emerged Mary was seen in De Aston Fields, then near Little London and later that night in the Hainton area.