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Cornwall Landslide: Rescuers Find Body In Wreckage Of House Hit By Bad Weather

22/03/2013 16:24 GMT | Updated 22/05/2013 10:12 BST

Rescuers searching for a woman who was trapped under a landslide at her property in Looe, Cornwall have found a body in the wreckage, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said.

The woman, thought to be Susan Norman, was discovered after rescue teams spent the day sifting through the wreckage with specialist search dogs.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said they had recovered a body from the property, although formal identification had not yet taken place.

Ms Norman, who is in her 60s, had not been heard from since returning there last night.

Specialist investigators from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service picked through the debris at the Veronica flats in Looe, south east Cornwall, after heavy rain triggered the landslide, which engulfed part of the property.

More than a dozen residents were evacuated early today after most of the front-facing wall of the building crumbled away, with debris and mud crashing on to the back of the property from the road behind it.