A SERVING Bodmin police officer was found dead in her car near St Austell.
Officers were called to Hornick Hill in High Street at about 9.15am on Saturday after concern was expressed for the welfare of the 46-year-old.
Police were notified of a car being parked in an unexpected location.
The body of a woman, believed to have lived in St Stephen, was found in the car.
A police spokesman confirmed she was a police constable (PC) serving for Devon and Cornwall constabulary but said her family did not wish for her identity to be made public at this time.
Inspector Robin Hogg said that she was based at Bodmin and he knew her personally.
"Once we have a bit more perspective on the situation, and once the family has had more time, I will be happy to give a tribute about how good she was," he told the Cornish Guardian.
There are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident at this time.
Her family have been informed and police are preparing a file for the coroner to conduct an inquest.
Local Cornwall councillor Des Curnow, for the St Stephen-in-Brannel parish, said: "I'm very sorry this incident happened. Our sympathies are with the family at this time."
Kim Wonnacott, St Stephen-in-Brannel Parish Council chairman, added: "It's a great regret that such a traumatic thing has happened.
"Obviously, my thoughts go out to family members and colleagues."
More details are expected to be released later this week.