Tyne & Wear

Luke Pearce: River Wear body confirmed as missing student

Luke Pearce Image copyright Durham Police
Image caption Luke Pearce's body was found in the River Wear one week after he was reported missing

A body found in the River Wear in Durham is that of missing student Luke Pearce, police have confirmed.

Mr Pearce, 19, from Hounslow, west London, was last seen in the early hours of 11 May walking along the riverbank in the city centre.

Members of Durham Amateur Rowing Club reported seeing a body near Baths Bridge on Sunday.

Durham Police said an inquest into his death was expected to open in the next few days.

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