Family’s grief as body discovered

Keighley News: Anita Racz, whose body was discovered in woodland on the borders of the St Ives estate in Harden Anita Racz, whose body was discovered in woodland on the borders of the St Ives estate in Harden

The uncle of a woman found dead at a local beauty spot has told of her family’s overwhelming grief.

Hungarian national Anita Racz, 41, was found in woodland off Altar Lane – which borders the St Ives estate in Harden – on Sunday afternoon.

She had last been seen leaving her home in Bolton Road, Bradford, on May 1.

Police this week said a cause of death had yet to be established, but there were not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.

Miss Racz’s devastated family took flowers, notes and photos to the secluded spot under a tree in tribute to her.

Her uncle, Frank Szabo, said her mother and sister, who had been visiting her from Hungary, were overwhelmed with grief, and were waiting to be officially told what had caused her death.

Mr Szabo added: “She was found under a tree. We will be going there with flowers and photos; I have written a few lines to leave with them.”

Mr Szabo said the family was also discussing the possibility of holding her funeral in her home country.

Miss Racz had been due to sign a contract for a new job at a plumbers merchants in City Road, Bradford, the day she disappeared from her home.

Her family alerted police, who when searching her flat found her mobile telephone had been switched to silent and put in a box under her bed, along with her medication for depression.

Miss Racz, who had originally come to the UK after losing her job as a financial advisor with a Japanese firm in Hungary, had lived in the UK for two years and had faced a struggle to find work.

Her body was found shortly before 5pm on Sunday by volunteers from Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team, which had been called in by police to assist with the search.

Detective Inspector Ryan Bragg, of Bradford District CID, said this week: “A post-mortem examination is due to be conducted to establish the cause of death, but there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.”

District councillor Mike Ellis, whose Bingley Rural ward includes St Ives, said he was saddened to hear of Miss Racz’s death.

He added: “We can’t assume what happened at this stage, so our thoughts must be with the family and friends who are left to grieve.”

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