The body was found at the foot of Malham Cove

The body was found at the foot of Malham Cove

A body has been found at the foot of an 80m crag in the Yorkshire Dales.

The Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organisation was called out early today to recover the man’s body from the foot of Malham Cove.

North Yorkshire Police were contacted at 10pm last night by a man who informed them of a woman’s death in Moortown, Leeds.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said its officers went to the address in Talbot Avenue and found the body of a 67-year-old woman inside the house.

The spokesperson said: “The call also raised concerns for the welfare of the man and officers from both forces began enquiries to locate him.

“At 2.30am today the body of a 54-year-old man was found at the foot of Malham Cove.

“Detective Chief Inspector Jim Dunkerley of West Yorkshire Police said: “Our enquiries are still at an early stage but we are treating the woman’s death as murder.

“We are not yet in a position to confirm the identities of those involved. We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.”

A CRO spokesperson said: “Due to an extended investigation by the police, the recovery was delayed until late morning.

“There was a short stretcher carry and transfer to a team vehicle for handover in Malham village.”

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