DETECTIVES trying to find a missing grandmother today admitted there is little chance she is still alive.
Police investigating the disappearance of Pamela Jackson are now searching for a body.
There has been no trace of her since she was last seen at the home she shares with Joe, one of her three sons.
Pamela, also mother to Andrew and Christopher, was last seen on March 2, at their house in The Crescent in Chester-le-Street.
Her bank accounts and social networking pages remain untouched.
Her partner Adrian Muir, 50, of Halifax, has appeared at court charged with her murder and been remanded in custody.
He is next due before Newcastle Crown Court in June for a case management hearing.
The officer leading the police investigation, Detective Superintendent Ken Donnelly, said police had effectively exhausted all possible actions in the hope of finding Pamela alive.
“From the moment Pamela was reported missing we have carried out extensive work both in the Chester-le-Street and the West Yorkshire areas, but I am afraid we are now effectively looking for a body.
“As there have been no sightings of her in the last four weeks and no other evidence she is still alive, we have to acknowledge the reality of the situation.
“There are a number of lines of inquiry still in hand to trace Pamela’s whereabouts, and her family are obviously anxious she is found as soon as possible.
“Our efforts are therefore continuing, using all sources of information and technical assistance.
“As soon as the weather improves our search teams will resume their work across the moorlands and other areas in West Yorkshire and in County Durham.”
Det Supt Donnelly said his team had sought advice from national experts in forensics and search techniques over the course of the inquiries.
“I still have a large team of people working on this case, and we will not rest until Pamela is found.
“Her family are being kept up to date with our work, and of course as soon as there is any significant development we will let them know.”