A fundraising campaign has been put to help the family of a body during the hunt for missing Burnley mom Katie Kenyon.The 33-year old has been missing for over an entire week after entering the silver Ford Transit van in Padiham around 9.30am on the 22nd of April. It is believed she drove toward the Bolton-by-Bowland area.Following an investigation the night before (april 29), Lancashire Police said that although the identity of the woman had not been officially confirmed the police believe that it could be Katie. The people who are who are close to Katie have created an JustGiving website to help raise funds to help her funeral costs and two children.
The fundraising page is titled: “On Friday the 22nd of April, our most painful nightmare started when Katie was separated from her family and her children much too quickly. As a family, we have put together this JustGiving page to help Katie to get the perfect goodbye that Katie deserves, as well as Katie’s daughter and son as well as their future, to fulfill Katie’s hopes she had set for her family. “As we are sure that you would like to support us, this would be the best way to do it. Donations will be genuine and gratefully received. We appreciate all of your kind words and your support. We know that you’re all with us. We love Katie’s family.
A post-mortem examination is conducted to determine the causes of death. Police conducted search operations within Gisburn Forest, a remote beauty spot in eastern Lancashire. More than 60 searchers from four police forces searched the forest area in search of Katie Kenyon. The hunt included firefighters and police dogs, officers mountain rescue volunteers , and drones.
The officers made the discovery after receiving fresh information about an area where Katie may be. Detective Superintendent Gary Brooks, head of Lancashire Police’s most important investigation department and a spokesperson for the unit, stated: “Following extensive police inquiries and a few hours of searching I am able to be sad to say that we have located an unidentified body. At moment we believe it’s the body is that of Katie Kenyon.
Katie’s family was informed and my heart is going to them during this moment. Specially trained officers are helping them through this tough moment. We would like to express my gratitude to the media and the public for all the assistance they have provided us during the long complex, emotional and difficult search. I’d also be grateful to both partners and all our police and personnel who have assisted with the hunt for Katie.
“While this isn’t the end of those investigations that we would like to have I am sure the family will appreciate your efforts. Again, my thoughts remain with Katie’s loved ones and all her beloved ones.”Andrew Burfield, 50, has been charged with her murder. Burfield appeared in Preston Crown Court on Friday but only spoke to confirm his address and name. Judge Medland QC fixed an appointment for Burfield to appear in court on the 22nd of August for an initial plea and trial preparation hearing.