Derbyshire Police referred to watchdog after missing mother-of-five hairdresser, 33, was found dead in river after she was involved in car crash
- Mother Josephine Morales, 33, was reported missing by her family on Saturday
- Police now say they spoke to her after a car crash before she vanished later
Police in Derbyshire have referred themselves to the force watchdog after a mother-of-five was found dead in a river after going missing following a crash where they spoke to her.
Hairdresser Josephine Morales, 33, was reported missing by her family on Saturday morning.
Police put out an appeal for her whereabouts immediately and said she had last been seen on 7pm on Friday night.
But today – as Derbyshire Police announced it had found her body – the force disclosed she had been spoken to by its own officers just after midnight on Saturday morning.
And it said their contact with her came after she was involved in a car crash that night.
Mother Josephine Morales, 33, was reported missing by her family on Saturday morning
It is unclear when officers became aware that the time they had given on their appeal was incorrect by some six hours.
A Derbyshire Police spokesperson said: ‘The body of what is believed to be missing woman Josephine Morales, also known as Jo, has been found in the River Derwent close to Raynesway.
‘Officers had been in the area since yesterday evening searching for Josephine, who was reported missing to the force on the morning of Saturday April 22.
Police put out this appeal for her whereabouts with the wrong time when she was last seen
‘Her family have been made aware and are being supported by specialist officers.
‘The family request that their privacy is respected at this time.
‘In line with mandatory procedures the force will be referring the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct due to prior police contact with Josephine.
‘This was in relation to an earlier collision on Raynesway just after 12.30am on Saturday 22 April in which it is believed Josephine was involved.’
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