Coroner’s appeal over final moments of Sunderland student found in Wear

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SUNDERLAND’S coroner is appealing for help in tracing the last movements of a student whose body was found in the River Wear.

Rose Emily King, aged 22, from Newcastle, a first year student at the University of Sunderland, was found beneath the Wearmouth Bridge at about 7.30am on Thursday, April 30.

The Sunderland University first year Master Pharmacy student was reported missing by her family on Sunday, May 3, after they became concerned they had not heard from her for a while.

She was living in student accommodation in Sunderland.

She had last been heard from on Wednesday, April 29, at 2.39pm when she sent an email.

A university spokesman said: “We are all deeply shocked and saddened by Rose’s untimely death.

But I would be most grateful to anyone who has any information about the last movements of Rose Emily King to either make themselves know to myself or Northumbria Police so that the circumstances of her death can be ascertained.

Sunderland coroner Derek Winter

“Naturally, our thoughts are with Rose’s family and friends.”

At a short hearing at Sunderland’s Civic Centre yesterday, city coroner Derek Winter formally opened the inquest into Rose’s death.

After her body was found on April 30, she was formally identified last Sunday.

Mr Winter said that the inquest will now be adjourned until September 3.

“By that time I hope that the police inquiry will have been completed,” he said.

“But I would be most grateful to anyone who has any information about the last movements of Rose Emily King to either make themselves know to myself or Northumbria Police so that the circumstances of her death can be ascertained.”

Those who may have information regarding Rose’s death should call coroner’s officer Neville Dixon on 561 7842 or Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 1127 01/05/15.