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20 MAR

Body found in search for missing student Libby Squire who vanished seven weeks ago

by Metro

Officers hunting for missing student Libby Squire have discovered a body – seven weeks after she disappeared.

The Hull University student, 21, originally from Wycombe, was last seen on 1 February after being denied entry to Welly nightclub.

Humberside Police said they found a body in the Humber Estuary, but were unable to determine the identity or even the gender.

Rex Features Ltd. do not claim any Copyright or License of the attached image Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (10103834c) Libby Squire Missing student Libby Squire, Hull, UK - 13 Feb 2019
Libby Squire was last seen almost seven weeks ago (Picture: Rex Features)
A body has been recovered from the Humber Estuary, police have confirmed. Humberside Police have reported the body was recovered on Wednesday, March 20, close to Grimsby Docks. caption: Police at the Grimsby Docks near to the RNLI lifeboat after a body was recovered from the Humber Estuary
A body has been recovered from the Humber Estuary, police have confirmed (Picture: MEN Media)

They have been in contact with Libbys family.

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The force said: At this stage it is too early for any identification or confirmation of gender to be made.

Further information will be released as soon as we are in a position that we are able to do so.

Libby was last seen on a bench near Haworth Street, off Beverley Road, at 12.09am on Friday, 1 February.

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Less than an hour earlier, she had been dropped off by a taxi outside her home in Wellesley Avenue after being denied entry to Welly nightclub – however it is not believed she went in.

Rex Features Ltd. do not claim any Copyright or License of the attached image Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (10082196g) Missing university student Libby Squire. Missing student Libby Squire, Hull, UK - 02 Feb 2019 Police searching for missing student Libby Squire have removed lip gloss, a screwdriver and a hammer from close to where she was last spotted.
The Hull University student, 21, originally from Wycombe, was last seen on 1 February (Picture: Rex Features)

Last week, Libbys family said are struggling without their daughter and miss her beyond belief.

Her mum Lisa said in a statement on Tuesday: As a family, were really struggling. The whole family miss Libby beyond belief.

Libbys disappearance is having a big effect on all of us. Please if you have any information let the police know.

Det Supt Martin Smalley added at the time: For the past six weeks the amount of support from the people of Hull, the region and around the UK has been staggering.

I want to thank everyone for their assistance and to everyone who has come forward with information to help us with our investigation so far.

Undated family photo issued by Humberside Police taken in Paris in May 2017 during a gap year when Libby Squire visited the French city with friends. The 21-year-old student disappeared in Hull on Friday February 1. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday February 13, 2019. See PA story POLICE Hull. Photo credit should read: Humberside Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Police have not yet identified the body (Picture: PA)

We continue to search for Libby. Hundreds of officers have been involved both on land and in the water and we have followed up hundreds of leads and lines of enquiry.

Libbys disappearance remains unexplained and while we remain hopeful, we must consider she has come to harm.

Last month we released CCTV footage showing four people on Oak Road in Hull close to the junction with Clough Road around the time that Libby was last seen.

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We want to speak with them as they may be possible witnesses and might hold important information.

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