A WALKER found a woman’s body on a beach.
The man made the grim discovery on the waterline of the beach in Seaham, near the Hall Bends, at 6am yesterday.
He contacted police and the woman was declared dead at the scene by a paramedic.
Detectives investigating the incident said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
It is thought the woman is local and aged between 40 and 50 years old.
Police have not yet released her identity.
A vehicle found in a car park close to the beach is also being examined by officers as part of the inquiry.
A file has been passed to the Durham Coroner.