A search operation was launched in Whitby this morning (Sunday) after a woman was found at the bottom of cliffs near the Abbey.
Whitby Lifeboat and the coastguard were called while the Sea King search and rescue helicopter was scrambled to assist with a second search.
It is believed they were looking for a child and rescue teams searched the grounds of Whitby Abbey and the graveyard at St Mary’s Church.
A police spokesperson said: “We are doing various enquiries at the moment both here and elsewhere.”
Police are now investigating the circumstances of the death of the woman which they are saying is “unexplained”.