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Laurel Aldridge: Body found in Sussex is missing sister-in-law of Mackenzie Crook, police confirm | UK News

Police say a body found in the search for the missing sister-in-law of actor Mackenzie Crook is that of Laurel Aldridge.

The 62-year-old was reported missing from her home in the village of Walberton, near Arundel in West Sussex, on 14 February.

Crook, who is known for roles in The Office, Pirates Of The Caribbean and Worzel Gummidge, had made public appeals to find Ms Aldridge, who was his wife’s older sister.

Sussex Police launched an 11-day search, which ended on Saturday when officers announced that a body had been found in the Tortington Lane area of the town.

Laurel Aldridge missed a chemotherapy session
Laurel Aldridge went missing on 14 February

Formal identification has now taken place, Sussex Police confirmed on Thursday.

In a statement, reported by ITV, her family described her as “a wonderful, creative, fiercely-intelligent person, who taught us all the meaning of empathy, dependability, and love”.

“We as a family are broken by what has happened, but we have each other, we have our friends, and we have the support of the local community, who have so kindly rallied around us during this difficult time.

“We will never forget what you have done for us.”

Signs at Slindon Cricket Club in Arundel, West Sussex, where Laurel Aldridge, 62, was last seen on February 14. The sister-in-law of The Office star Mackenzie Crook, has been missing since Tuesday February 14. Picture date: Tuesday February 21, 2023.
Signs asking for information were put up at Slindon Cricket Club

Crook previously said his sister-in-law’s disappearance was “agonising” for the family.

He described her as a “wonderful mother” and “usually very happy” in his appeal for information to help find her.

Crook added that she had missed a chemotherapy session on the day she went missing.

Mackenzie Crook’s missing sister-in-law Laurel Aldridge ‘very vulnerable’ after missing chemotherapy session | UK News

Sussex Police have issued new pictures of Mackenzie Crook’s missing sister-in-law – who missed a chemotherapy session and is considered “very vulnerable”.

Laurel Aldridge, 62, from Walberton near Arundel, has not been seen since leaving home on Tuesday morning.

Officers, while pursuing “multiple lines of enquiry”, are “concerned” and are urging local residents to check their outbuildings.

Crook, who starred in The Office and Detectorists, has said the family are “really worried” about Ms Aldridge, who he described as a “wonderful mother” and “usually very happy”.

Laurel Aldridge was wearing a turquoise fleece and maroon tartan scarf
Ms Aldridge was wearing a turquoise fleece and maroon tartan scarf
Ms Aldridge had a grey puffer jacket with her
She also had a grey puffer jacket with her

The new photographs show her wearing a turquoise fleece, maroon tartan scarf and brown hat. She also had a grey puffer jacket with her.

She is about five foot four, with grey/blonde highlighted hair, and sometimes wears glasses.

“She is considered to be very vulnerable and anyone with information of Laurel’s whereabouts is asked to report it to police,” the force said in an update.

Detective Sergeant Alan Fenn said he would be grateful if “residents in the Walberton and Slindon areas could check their outbuildings for any sightings of Laurel”.

He added: “Also, anyone who was in the Walberton area on Tuesday morning or has video footage of someone matching Laurel’s description is asked to report it to us.”

Crook said that his sister-in-law's disappearance was "very out of character"
Crook said his sister-in-law’s disappearance was ‘very out of character’

The local community is joining in the search, Crook has said. “A lot of people are looking in the local woodlands along the roads and stuff like that,” he told ITV.

Describing his sister-in-law’s disappearance as “very out of character”, he added that she had missed a chemotherapy session on the day she went missing.

“If I could appeal to everyone. Even if they checked before, check again in likely places where she might have crept in to lay down for the night.”