Police have confirmed the body found in the River Taff on Wednesday was that of a missing 22-year-old.
Brooke Morris, from Trelewis, was reported missing on Saturday, 12 October.
Police say she had not been seen since she was given a lift home by people known to her on Friday night after going out with friends in Merthyr Tydfil town centre.
Officers believe that Brooke did not actually enter her house.
The Coroner has been informed and a post mortem is due to be carried out to determine the cause of her death.
South Wales Police officers are continuing to provide support to Brooke’s family.
Hundreds of people joined search efforts for the Nelson RFC rugby player.
Anybody affected by what has been a traumatic event for the local community is reminded of the help available to them from Samaritans which can be contacted for free on 116 123.