River Wear body confirmed as missing student Luke Pearce

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POLICE have confirmed a body found in the River Wear is that of missing man Luke Pearce.

The 19-year-old Durham University student had been missing since May 11. A body was pulled from the River Wear yesterday morning.

Durham Police said a formal identification had now confirmed it was Luke.

A spokesman said: “Luke’s family live in Hounslow, Surrey, and while staying in Durham he was a resident of Fonteyn Court, university accommodation in the Old Elvet part of the city.

“A post mortem was conducted yesterday, the results of which will now be forwarded the coroner. T

“here are no suspicious circumstances and an inquest on Luke’s death is expected to open in the next few days.”