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Police find body during search for missing Hollie Kerrell

Hollie Kerrell, 28, was last seen at her home address in Knighton in Powys at around 10am on Sunday

Murder detectives have found a body in the search for a missing mother-of-three who vanished at the weekend.

Hollie Kerrell, 28, disappeared on Sunday after a row and police sparked a huge search to find her.

Her husband, 35-year-old Christopher Kerrell, was later arrested and is being quizzed on suspicion of murder after the disappearance. 

The keen horsewoman has not been seen since 10am on Sunday – and friends had appealed after she disappeared from her home in Knuckle, Mid Wales.

It is understood the couple, who have three children, had separated recently and Mr Kerrell moved into rented accommodation nearby. 

Yesterday, officers with sniffer dogs were seen searching farmland in Whitton – nine miles from the family home. Neighbours said they heard an argument at the house last Sunday morning. 

Dyfed Powys Police say a body has been found and Hollie’s family have been informed – but formal identification is yet to take place.

Superintendent Jon Cummins said: ‘We are saddened to confirm a body has been found during the search for missing Hollie Kerrell.

‘Our thoughts are with her family who are being supported by specially trained officers at this extremely sad time.

‘The man arrested on suspicion of her murder remains in police custody for questioning and I would like to reassure the community we are not looking for anyone else in connection with Hollie’s death.

Police have been searching for the mother-of-three since she went missing at the weekend and have confirmed a body has been found 

Police have been searching for the mother-of-three since she went missing at the weekend and have confirmed a body has been found 

‘We continue to appeal for information that can help us understand what happened to Hollie who was last seen at her home address in Knighton, Mid Wales, on Sunday, April 22, at around 10am.

‘Although there has been a significant development in this investigation … we still need the help of the public in this enquiry.

‘We’re appealing to anyone with any information or sightings of Hollie … to contact us as a matter of urgency.’ 

Hollie and her husband have three children together but the couple are believed to have split earlier this year.

Forensic officers spent three days in a terraced property which was deserted yesterday.

Children’s bikes, scooters, toys and wellington boots were scattered over the front garden. Friends said the children were being cared for by relatives.

The mother was described as being 5’5″, medium build with dark brown hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a black skirt and long black cardigan when last seen. 

The couple, who have three children, had separated recently and Mr Kerrell (left) moved into rented accommodation nearby

The couple, who have three children, had separated recently and Mr Kerrell (left) moved into rented accommodation nearby

Her anxious friends and family asked for help on social media hoping Hollie had gone away for a few days.

But her car was still parked outside her home and close friends say she would never have left her children.

The couple married five years ago. Mrs Kerrell, from Devon, worked for Younique cosmetics, selling to local women and online. She also knitted baby clothes and cot blankets and sold them at a market stall in Llandrindod Wells.

Neighbours said her husband, who set up his own firm in January, had a good job with a local utilities company. He has a son, ten, from a previous relationship. Mr Kerrell grew up in the Knighton area but moved to Devon after meeting Hollie through work seven years ago. 

The pair returned to Mid Wales when they started a family but had lived in Knuckles for just two months when she decided she wanted to end their marriage, friends said. 

He wrote on Facebook at the time saying how hard it was to leave his children. Ian Ives-Dean, 37, a friend of Mrs Kerrell, said: ‘We are all hoping that Hollie will turn up somewhere. But we know the police are searching for a body and we are all dreading the moment when something is found.

‘Hollie is such a treasured member of the community, a lovely lady and a good mother … We knew they rowed a lot and they were in the process of separating.’

One of Mrs Kerrell’s friends said on Facebook after she vanished: ‘Hollie has been missing since 10am Sunday morning. Everyone is extremely worried.

Despite the arrest, police are continuing with 'thorough enquiries' in the search for missing Ms Kerrell 

Despite the arrest, police are continuing with ‘thorough enquiries’ in the search for missing Mrs Kerrell 

‘If anyone sees her could you get in touch with me or the police * she hasn’t got her car with her.

‘The police are searching but every bit of support will help!!’

Hollie’s friend Sarah Evans added: ‘Hollie sweetie if you are somehow reading these messages, please don’t ignore we are all very worried about you, especially your family, husband and your babies want and need you. Please give a sign your ok. Come home xx’.

Dyfed-Powys Police today revealed there had been a ‘significant development’ in their investigation which is now a murder inquiry.

But they are still appealing for public help in a bid to find Hollie and asking anyone with information to contact them ‘as a matter of urgency’.

A formal identification is yet to take place but officers (pictured during the search) have confirmed a body has been found 

A formal identification is yet to take place but officers (pictured during the search) have confirmed a body has been found 

An incident room has been set up in Llandrindod Wells where the suspect is being held for questioning. 

Fashion lover Hollie was a full-time mum but knitted baby clothes and cot blankets, a hobby she started when she was pregnant.

She sold them at a market stall in Llandrindod Wells to make some extra money. 

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