Kate Kenyon: Burnley mum’s family speak of ‘heartbreaking nightmare’ as police reveal she died of head injuries | UK News

Katie Kenyon’s family have spoken of their “heartbreaking nightmare” after the mother’s body was found.

Ms Kenyon, 33, disappeared on April 22 and after an ‘extensive search’ in the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire her body was discovered.

Following an autopsy, police say Ms Kenyon died of head injuries.

In a fundraising appeal to raise £10,000 for Ms Kenyon’s ‘departure’, her family said they were in a ‘heartbreaking nightmare’ and she had been ‘taken away from her children and family far too many early “.

He added that the page will also be used for Ms Kenyon’s son and daughter “and their future to fulfill Katie’s dreams that she had planned with her children”.

Ms Kenyon has been described as “a mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, friend and animal lover”.

He added, “Thank you for all of your kind words and support. We know you are all behind us”.

Andrew Burfield, 50, appeared at Preston Crown Court via video link from HMP Preston on Friday, charged with the murder of Ms Kenyon.

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A court sketch of Andrew Burfield, 50, appearing via video link from HMP Preston

Burfield, of Burnley, spoke only to confirm his identity during the seven-minute hearing.

He was taken into custody and a trial date was set for November 14.

Ms Kenyon was last seen at around 9.30am on April 22 and disappeared after being seen getting into a van in Burnley, Lancashire.

Map showing key locations around Katie Kenyon's disappearance
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Map showing key locations around Katie Kenyon’s disappearance

A woman matching her description left an address in Burnley that morning, driving around 17 miles in a silver Ford Transit van to the Bolton-by-Bowland area of ​​north Lancashire.

Police priority searches in a part of the forest following a denunciation from a member of the public.

More than 60 specialist search officers from four police forces scoured Gisburn Forest in the Ribble Valley in search of him.

The hunt involved police and firefighters, dog teams, mounted police, mountain rescue volunteers and drones.

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