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Search for Amy ends in heartbreak 

Tenerife has been at the centre of international press attention following the disappearance of a British woman, 28-year-old Amy Louise Gerard

The search for missing British woman, Amy Louise Gerard who went missing in Tenerife appears to have ended in heartbreak.

Amy, who worked at Loro Parque with the whales and dolphins, disappeared after a night out in Puerto de la Cruz on November 29th.

Although her family and friends had not heard from her for four days, there was always that glimmer of hope that she would be found alive and well.

But as the Tenerife News went to press on Tuesday afternoon, police confirmed the very tragic news that the body of a woman had been spotted and retrieved from the sea.

Official identification was pending on our deadline and an autopsy was to be carried out to determine the cause of death.

The Civil Guard and 112 emergency control centre confirmed the body was floating 150 metres from the coast of Puerto de la Cruz near the parking area of the pier, next to the lighthouse. The only other aspect they could confirm was that it was a woman.

There were very traumatic scenes as the body was recovered by the rescue services and everyone’s hearts went out to Amy’s family, including her mother and sister who had flown over from Grimsby in the UK as they awaited formal identification. The body was spotted by the 112 helicopter and brought back to the pier in Puerto on one of the rescue boats.

Amy disappeared on a night out with work friends for a birthday on Thursday 29th November. She had left the Irish bar Molly Malone in Puerto de la Cruz at approx 12.20am with her boyfriend but they became separated.

Her disappearance was described as “extrememly out of character”.

A desperate appeal was put out for any information whilst a land, sea and air search was carried out.