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Daniel Williams: Body found in missing student search

A body has been found in a lake in the search for a missing 19-year-old student, police said.

Daniel Williams, from Sutton in London, has been missing since Thursday after failing to return home after a night out at the University of Reading.

Police searching for him discovered the body in Whiteknights Lake near the university's campus.

Thames Valley Police said the death was being treated as unexplained and was not believed to be suspicious.

No formal identification has taken place, the force said, but Mr Williams' family has been informed.

In response to the "very sad" news, the university said activities on campus would continue as normal and support would available to students and staff.

A major search, aided by search and rescue volunteers and the National Police Air Service, was launched over the weekend for second-year computer science student Mr Williams.

Police said they had checked a lake and surrounding countryside on Monday.

Search crews were seen searching Whiteknights Lake in a small boat until about 13:00 GMT on Monday.

Lead investigator, Supt Jim Weems, said recent snow had "not hampered" the search, but the night Mr Williams disappeared was "one of the coldest" of the year.

A vigil was hosted on Monday in the Whiteknights campus bar, 3sixty, where Mr Williams was last seen.Police divers

 captionPolice water search teams have spent two days in the lake

At the scene

The forensic team arrived just before 11:00 GMT and there were lots of police on the scene.

A small group - including plain clothes officers and forensic specialists - gathered on the bank of the lake and were deep in conversation.

The water search team has packed their equipment away, their job is done.

Police have closed the nearby footpath, but the university campus remains open.

Speaking before the body was found, the university's Anglican Chaplain Mark Laynesmith told the BBC students were in "shock".

Acting vice-chancellor Prof Robert Van de Noort said support was being offered to Mr Williams' housemates and friends.

Mr Williams' family described him as "a happy, normal 19-year-old enjoying university life" and said they had "no concern at all" about him before he went missing.

Supt Weems said the disappearance was "completely out of character".

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-47131023

ruby Posted on February 05, 2019 14:42

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