13/05/2012 08:23 BST | Updated 13/05/2012 08:24 BST

Body In Italian River Could Be Missing British Woman Glenys Turner

Police are trying to confirm whether a badly decomposed body found in an Italian river is that of a British holidaymaker who disappeared more than seven months ago.

Reports from Italy said officers were "fairly confident" the body is Glenys Turner, 46, who was last seen after going walking near Lake Como last October.

The alarm was raised when hotel staff noticed her room had not been slept in for three days.

Despite an extensive search by mountain rescue teams with dogs and a helicopter there was no trace of Ms Turner, from Derby, and the hunt in the hills above the village of Griante on the western shores of the lake was eventually called off.

The body was spotted by a local fisherman and pulled from the river by mountain rescue teams.

Mrs Turner was travelling on her own on October 4 for a week's break and had checked into the three star Grand Hotel Britannia.

Police said she had taken part in an organised coach trip with other holidaymakers to Saint Moritz over the border in nearby Switzerland three days after arriving and that was the last positive sighting of her.

Staff at the hotel said she had asked about a trail leading from the town up to a small chapel called San Martino which is a well known beauty spot 600ft high.

The body was found in a river about five miles from where the search took place.

Carabinieri police official Gaspare Pupella said: "The body was spotted by a fisherman who called us but we had to get the mountain rescue teams involved because the location was in very difficult terrain.

"The body was in a very advanced state of decomposition and even though a bag was also recovered there were no documents inside.

"She was wearing a bracelet from the Grand Hotel Britannia which is where Glenys Turner was staying at the time she went missing and there are no other people missing from that hotel so we are fairly confident it is her.

"However until we have a positive match through DNA records then we cannot officially confirm that it is her. If it is her then it looks like she slipped and fell into the river and her body became wedged somewhere and then came away."

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "The Italian police are continuing to investigate the disappearance of a British national in the area of Lake Como in Italy.

"We are providing consular assistance to the family and are liaising closely with the Italian authorities."