College leader’s sadness after body found in search for missing Euan

Police from the Marine Unit were called in for the grim task of removing a body discovered in the River Wear at Durham below Framwelgate Bridge.
Police from the Marine Unit were called in for the grim task of removing a body discovered in the River Wear at Durham below Framwelgate Bridge.
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A UNIVERSITY boss has said its staff will be on hand to support students after the discovery of a body in the search for a missing undergraduate.

Police have said they believe the body found in the River Wear near Framwelgate Bridge in Durham at 9.15am today after it was spotted by a member of the public is Euan Coulthard.

The 19-year-old law student of St Mary’s College went missing after a night out to mark a friend’s birthday on Wednesday, January 14.

He was last seen leaving Loveshack nightclub in the Walkergate area, with CCTV recording him walk over the bridge a short time later.

A post-mortem examination will take place later.

A formal identification is expected to take place on Monday, but police say Euan’s family has been informed of the situation.

Professor Graham Towl, pro-vice chancellor and deputy warden of Durham University said: “We are aware of the developments that have taken place today and we are very sorry to hear that a body has been recovered from the River Wear.

“It would be inappropriate to give further comment until a formal identification has taken place, but we continue to support all of our students at this difficult time.”