TheÂ 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 Cuthbertâ€™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 used sonar equipment to carry out a search of the water.
And on Saturday evening officers were joined by Lukeâ€™s fellow members of the university rugby club as they handed out flyers in the city centre, in an effort to jog peopleâ€™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 Lukeâ€™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.