THE discovery of the body of a middle-aged woman led to the closure of a tourist attraction in North Derbyshire.
The 54-year-old was found dead in the river at Creswell Crags, close to the museum.
Police taped off the beauty spot yesterday as an investigation was launched.
The lifeless body of the woman, believed to be from Nottinghamshire, was discovered at just before 6.30pm on Tuesday.
Derbyshire Police said officers were ‘keeping an open mind’ about the circumstances surrounding the death.
Formal identification has yet to be carried out, and a post mortem examination will be conducted to determine how the woman died.
The limestone gorge is popular with tourists and archeologists who are attracted by its landscape and ancient cave paintings.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Sproson, from Derbyshire Police, said: “Unfortunately we had to ask for the crags to be closed to the public while we continue our inquiries.
“We apologise for any inconvenience to tourists and local people.”
Ian Wall, director of the Creswell Heritage Trust, added: “Creswell Heritage Trust is extremely saddened by this tragic incident so close to the museum, which has been closed in order to assist the police with their investigation.
“We will update our website with further information regarding the re-opening of the centre.
“The police would like to speak to anyone who may have any further information.”
Police are appealing for anyone who visited the crags on Tuesday to contact them.
Witnesses or anyone with information about the incident should call 101.
Creswell Crags’ visitor centre is expected to be open as normal today, bosses said in a further statement released last night.