Tributes have flooded in from the family and friends of Carol Sheridan, a retired English schoolteacher, whose body was discovered by local police on Wednesday, 10 days after she went missing in the town of Habère-Poche in the Rhône-Alpes region.
The tragic news was announced on Wednesday via a Facebook page set up to coordinate an extensive and energetic search for the 73-year-old woman, originally from Salford in Greater Manchester.
“I am very sad to announce that French authorities recovered Carol’s body this morning, near to where her car was found a few days ago,” said a message by Sheridan’s grandson Simon.
“There are no further details from the police at the moment,” the post added.
Sheridan's black Fiat Panda 4 x 4 vehicle was discovered by police on Monday, a development which her grandaughter Heather Tanton told English newspaper the Hull Daily Mail had brought "mixed feelings."
"We are pleased they have found something but, in a way, we aren't pleased they have found something. It is better than knowing nothing but we are very anxious," she said.
Sheridan was last seen driving away from her home in Habère-Poche, on Sunday October 27th.
A source close to Sheridan told The Local she was a hiking enthusiast, and it’s thought she had gone out for one of her regular solo mountain walks last Sunday, without telling anyone exactly where she was going.
Tanton told The Local last weekend that she and the rest of her family were concerned by what she called an uncharacteristic lack of contact from her grandmother, who retired to France over a decade ago.
“This is very much out of the ordinary. She’s in regular contact with us and wouldn’t go this long without saying something,” said Tanton.
Friends and acquaintances of Sheridan, described by her granddaughter as a "wonderful, generous, kind woman," have taken to Facebook to offer moving tributes to the retired school teacher, remembered as an adventurous woman who was "full of life".
"She was an impressive woman who gave so much to others and in later life, by doing what she loved, she was an inspiration to many," said one.
"My life is enriched by knowing this remarkable soul," said another.