Police have now confirmed that the body found in the River Ouse near York yesterday is that of missing Wetherby woman Megan Roberts.
The York St John student was reported missing on Monday January 27 and was last seen leaving Popworld in York at around 2am on Thursday January 23 during a night out with friends.
An extensive search was launched at the time, however, the investigation quickly led officers to fear that Megan had entered the River Ouse at some point after leaving Popworld in the early hours of that Thursday morning.
Superintendent Phil Cain, Safer Neighbourhood Commander for York, said this afternoon: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with Megan’s family at this extremely difficult and very sad time.
“Her family are receiving support from specially trained officers as they come to terms with what has happened.
“This tragedy has touched many people including Megan’s friends, fellow students at York St John University and the people of York and we extend our sympathies to them at this time.
“I hope that a small measure of comfort can be taken from the fact that Megan has now been found, albeit in the most tragic of circumstances, putting an end to the uncertainty about where she is and allowing her family and friends to grieve properly for her.
“I would like to thank the Missing People charity for their invaluable help and support during the investigation, and to members of the public and the residents of York who have phoned into the enquiry with information, their support is greatly appreciated.”
Megan’s mother, Jackie Roberts, of Wetherby, issued a statement through the police.
“We would like to thank the police, fire service, and the public that have been involved in the search for Megan.
“We would also like to thank everyone who has offered support and comfort during this painful time.
“Megan was an intelligent, talented and beautiful person whose kindness and sense of humour will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her.”
And Megan’s father Jason Roberts also provided a statement: “We would like to thank the police, fire service and the public who have been involved in the search for Megan.
“Megan was a wonderful, kind and loving daughter who will be missed by many.”