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Body found in River Wear is missing student

Durham Constabulary has confirmed that the body found in the River Wear is that of missing Durham university student Luke Pearce. The 19 year old had gone missing after a night out with friends.

“Luke’s family live in Hounslow, Surrey and while staying in Durham he was a resident of Fonteyn Court, university accommodation in the Old Elvet part of the city.

“A post mortem was conducted yesterday, the results of which will now be forwarded the coroner. There are no suspicious circumstances and an inquest on Luke’s death is expected to open in the next few days.”

– Durham Constabulary


"No suspicious circumstances" around death in Durham

Durham Police said there were not thought to be any suspicious circumstances around the death of a young man, whose body was recovered from the River Wear in the city. It was spotted by members of Durham Amateur Rowing Club close to Baths Bridge.

The body has not yet been formally identified but the family of missing student Luke Pearce, who disappeared one week ago, has been informed.

The man's body was discovered in the River Wear at Baths Bridge in Durham
The river is a popular spot for rowers

Rowers found body which may be missing student

Members of Durham Amateur Rowing Club spotted a young man's body in the River Wear, just before 8:45am, near Baths Bridge in Durham.

Police have been searching for missing 19-year-old Luke Pearce since he was last seen walking along the riverside on Sunday, May 19th. His family has been told.

Durham Police released this statement:

The body of a young man has been found in the River Wear in Durham, one week after a university student went missing on a night out.

Since Sunday, 11th May police had been co-ordinating a major

search effort to try to find 19-year-old Luke Pearce, a first year Masters engineering student from Hounslow, Surrey who was studying at St Cuthbert’s Society at Durham University.

On Friday officers made what was planned to be the final search on foot of the riverbanks, and a crew from Co Durham & Darlington Fire and Rescue Service used sonar equipment to carry out a search of the water.

And on Saturday evening officers were joined by Luke’s fellow members of the university rugby club as they handed out flyers in the city centre, in an effort to jog people’s memories in case they had seen Luke at any point since the early hours of the previous Sunday.

Today, shortly before 8.45am members of Durham Amateur Rowing Club phoned police to report they had seen a body in the river near Baths Bridge, on the side of the river closest to the A690.

While the body has not yet been formally identified Luke’s family have been contacted and made aware of the development.

The body has been recovered from the river and a post mortem is expected to be held later today to establish a formal cause of death. Police say at this stage there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.

– Durham Police


Friends of missing student help police to hand out flyers

Friends of a missing student at Durham University will help police officers to hand out leaflets and flyers in the city centre, one week after he was last seen.

Luke Pearce disappeared after a night out in the city on Sunday 11th May. His friends and police officers will try to jog people's memories about when they may have seen him.

Police hand out flyers in search for missing student

Durham Police officers will hand out flyers in Durham on Saturday evening as part of the search for a missing university student.

Luke Pearce was last seen walking home after a night out Credit: Durham Police

Luke Pearce, who is 19, has not been seen since leaving he left a bar in the city in the early hours of Sunday 11th May. Searches have taken place all week along the River Wear and in nearby woodland.

Final push in effort to find missing Luke Pearce

Luke Pearce has been missing since Sunday 11 May. Credit: Durham Police
The search effort continued today. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The Durham University student had been drinking with friends last Saturday night. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Police are continuing to search for the missing Durham student Luke Pearce, aged 19.

He had been drinking with friends in Jimmy Allen’s bar on Saturday night and was last seen at around 1.30am on Sunday 11 May.

Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston, from Durham Police, said: “We expect this will be the final planned search of the area unless new information comes to light.”

Members of the public can contact Durham Police by calling 101.

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