Isle of Wight Radio understands that police searching for an Isle of Wight woman who went missing on Wednesday (9) have found a body.

*UPDATED

Officers have been looking for 44-year-old Charlotte Birch who left St Mary’s Hospital in Newport.

A police helicopter has been searching the skies over the Merstone and Arreton area this evening (Friday).

Wight SAR has also been carrying out a search in the area throughout the day.

* UPDATED 7.25pm

*A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has confirmed a body was discovered in Merstone:

”We have some sad news to share this evening.

“Our officers searching for missing Charlotte Birch can confirm that a body of a woman was found in Merstone, on the Isle of Wight, this evening.

“Formal identification procedures are ongoing at this time but the family of the 44-year-old have been informed of the discovery.”

The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

Police say Charlotte’s family and their officers would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported in the search.