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.”