Police searching for missing woman, 26, find body in woodland

Police searching for missing woman, 26, who vanished on her way home from work find body in woodland – as kidnap suspect is found dead in his jail cell

Police have found a body in woodland as they are searching for a missing 26-year-old woman who vanished on her way home from work.

Gabriella Kosilko, 26, was last seen shopping for food and drink at a store on Fosse Road North in Leicester at 11.30pm last Thursday. 

She was reported missing the next day after she failed to return home following her night shift. 

Police have been searching for Ms Kosilko after her red Audi A1 car was found abandoned on Ratby Lane in Leicester at 4.20pm on Friday.

Leicestershire Police revealed two days ago that a man was arrested in connection with Ms Kosilko’s disappearance.

Gabriella Kosilko, 26, (pictured) was last seen in a shop on Fosse Road North in Leicester last Thursday at 11.30pm

Police have cordoned off two areas of Leicestershire as part of its investigation into missing Gabriella Kosilko

Leicestershire Police said in a statement today: ‘Officers searching for a missing Leicester woman have recovered a body in woodland in the Groby Pool area. 

‘The body was recovered yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, September 6) and while formal identification is yet to be completed, it is believed to be that of Gabriela Kosilko – who was reported missing on Friday (September 1).’

The man, 30, initially arrested on suspicion of kidnap, was further arrested on suspicion of murder, but was found unresponsive in his cell yesterday morning. Despite efforts to save him, he was pronounced dead.

It is believed that Ms Kosilko and the man were known to each other. 

Since the man died while in police custody, a mandatory referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) who started an independent investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Sinski from East Midlands Special Operations Unit Murder Investigation Team, said: ‘Our enquiries into the circumstances surrounding Gabriela’s death continue and anyone who may have any information is asked to get in touch.

Ms Kosilko was last seen at Fosse Road North (pictured) in Leicester at 11.30pm last Thursday, where she was shopping for food and drinks at a store

Another area police were searching is Groby Pool, pictured

‘If you were driving along Newtown Linford Lane around 2.20pm on Friday (1 September) please check your dashcam footage and get in touch if you captured a red Audi A1 parked on the side of the road or saw anyone driving it or sitting in the vehicle. 

‘Equally, if you were in Ratby Lane area during Friday afternoon please get in touch if you saw the vehicle or anything which seemed unusual or caused you concern.

‘We would also like to reassure the local community who have been affected by the events of the last few days that officers will remain in the area while further enquiries are conducted.’

Anyone who can assist with enquiries is asked to contact 101, quoting incident 484 of September 1 or alternatively use Public Portal (mipp.police.uk). 

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