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Police confirm body recovered from the Thames is York student Harvey Parker

Harvey Parker

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed the body found in the River Thames is that of missing student Harvey Parker.

Harvey, 20, from Lambeth, went missing after last being seen leaving Heaven nightclub by Charing Cross station in Westminster at about 02:15am on 17 December.

Officers from Met's Marine Support Unit have recovered the body and detectives have informed his family.

Officers recovered the body near to Embankment, Westminster, after being alerted by the RNLI at 11:51 on Tuesday.

Inner West London Coroner's Court confirmed the body was Mr Parker on Thursday.

The death is being treated as unexplained, but said that there was nothing to suggest anyone else was involved.

Detective Chief Inspector Lucy O’Connor, of the Central South Command Unit, said: "We are providing Harvey's family with all the available information. We are also asking for media to please respect the family's privacy at this challenging and difficult time."

Harvey was a music student at local university, University of York.

Family and friends have since set up a fundraiser in his memory, to raise money for “​​young queer support groups, neurodiverse and gender-diverse young people who would benefit from emotional or mental health support, and … talented musicians from under-represented communities”.

The fundraiser has smashed its £10,000 target and has raised over £50,000 when last checked.

The University of York is providing support, more information can be found at https://www.york.ac.uk/students/health/help/.

Alternatively, Samaritans offer 24/7 support. You can call them for free on 116 123, email them at jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find your nearest branch.

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