River Wear body named as Sunderland student

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POLICE have named the woman whose body was found in the River Wear.

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

Rose 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.

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 a white woman aged 22 years, 5 feet 7” 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.

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.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have information to help to contact them on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 1127 01/05/15.