Police appeal as inquest opens into River Wear death of Sunderland student Rose King

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AN inquest will open tomorrow into the death of a student whose body was pulled from the River Wear.

First year pharmacy undergraduate Rose King was found beneath the Wearmouth Bridge at about 7.30am last Thursday.

The 22-year-old lived in the University of Sunderland halls of residents at Clanny House, in Hylton Road, and was originally from the Fenham area of Newcastle.

Rose 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.

An inquest into her death is expected to be opened and adjourned tomorrow, which will allow her loved ones to plan her funeral.

We still need to find out how Rose came to be in the river and the events that led up to her death.

Meanwhile, a university spokesman said they were offering help to any students affected by her tragic death.

The spokesman said: “The university provides a wide range of support and there are specialist staff on hand to support all members of the university community.”

Inquiries to establish her cause of death are still being carried out and police are appealing for anyone with information or who may have seen Rose before her death to come forward.

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

When she was found, 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.

Officers are continuing to make enquiries into how Rose came to be in the River Wear and are appealing for anyone with any information to contact them.

Detective Sergeant Angus Grassie, of Northumbria Police, said after Rose’s identity was confirmed: “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.”

Tributes have continued to be left online for Rose.

Fellow student Irene Anne Franciosi, who said: “God bless her and her family.
“It it is so sad her young life has ended this way. There for the grace of God go I, sad and devastating time for her family and friends.”

Stewy Donkin said: “My thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of Rose.

“Tragic loss of a young life.”

Among those who left messages of condolence on the Echo’s website site were The City by the Sea who said: “That is an incredibly sad story.

“All thoughts and prayers to her family.

“Rest in peace.”

Anyone with information which can help police is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 1127 01/05/15 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.