Tributes paid to Sunderland student found dead in River Wear

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a student whose body was found in the River Wear.

Police have now identified the body found on the morning of April 30 as University of Sunderland student Rose King, 22.

Rose, who was from Newcastle but living in student accommodation in Sunderland, was reported missing by her family on Sunday after they became concerned they had not heard from her for a while.

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

Staff and students at the university, where Rose was a first year Master Pharmacy student, have expressed their shock and sadness at her death.

A university spokesperson said: “We are all deeply shocked and saddened by Rose’s untimely death. Naturally, our thoughts are with Rose’s family and friends.”

As flowers were left near the spot where her body was recovered, police are still trying to work out how Rose came to be in the river and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Angus Grassie, of Northumbria Police, said: “This is a very sad time for Rose’s family and friends and our sympathies are very much with them now.

“We still need to find out how Rose came to be in the river and the events that led up to her death. We’d appeal for anyone who knows Rose or remembers seeing her in her turquoise fleece at the riverside between the afternoon of Wednesday, April 29, and the early morning of Thursday, April 30, to contact police straightaway so we can piece together what has happened.”

Rose is described as 5ft 7ins tall, slim build with brown shoulder length hair.

She was wearing a turquoise green Regatta fleece with a Regatta brand logo at front left side, a red white and blue checked shirt from Topshop with a black vest underneath, dark coloured denim skinny jeans from H&M with a thin black belt and light brown lace up ankle boots with zip at the back.

Echo readers took to our Facebook page to pay tributes to the student.

Brian Graham wrote: “Hearts and prayers go out to Rose and her family, sleep peacefully with the Angels.”

Sharon Ann Lamb added: “So sad RIP Rose thoughts are with your family and friends at this sad time.”

Anyone who may have information to help to contact them on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 1127 01/05/15.