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Police searching for missing student find a body in lake

Daniel Williams went missing last Thursday Photo: University of Reading

Detectives searching for a missing student from the University of Reading say that they have found an unidentified body in a lake on campus.

Daniel Williams, aged 19, was last seen at midnight on the morning of Thursday 31st January.

Thames Valley Police have been searching for him ever since, with house-to-house enquiries, countryside searches and checks of buildings.

Police described his disappearance as "out of character".

Although the body has not been formally identified, officers have told Daniel's family about the discovery.

“Tragically officers searching for Daniel have located a body. While the identity of the person who died is yet to be established, we have informed Daniel’s family and are providing support to them.

“Please could I make an appeal to respect the privacy of Daniel’s family at what must be a deeply difficult time for them.”

– Superintendent Stan Gilmour, Local Policing Area Commander for Reading, Thames Valley Police

The Department of Computer Science and Chaplaincy held a vigil on Monday afternoon, inviting students and colleagues to gather in solidarity at the Whiteknights campus - hoping for Daniel Williams’ safe return.

Thames Valley Police say the death is currently being treated as unexplained but is not believed to be suspicious.