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3 March 2014, 15:59
A body pulled out of the water at Acaster Malbis on Sunday afternoon has been formally identified as missing York student, Megan Roberts.
Megan was reported missing on Monday 27th January after a night out with friends in Popworld in York at 2am on Thursday 23rd January.
An extensive search was launched at the time, however the investigation quickly led officers to fear that Megan had entered the River Ouse at some point after leaving the club.
Superintendent Phil Cain, Safer Neighbourhood Commander for York, said:
"Our thoughts and sympathies are with Megan’s family at this extremely difficult and very sad time.
"Her family are receiving support from specially trained officers as they come to terms with what has happened.
"This tragedy has touched many people including Megan’s friends, fellow students at York St John University and the people of York and we extend our sympathies to them at this time.
"I hope that a small measure of comfort can be taken from the fact that Megan has now been found, albeit in the most tragic of circumstances, putting an end to the uncertainty about where she is and allowing her family and friends to grieve properly for her."
Megan's mother, Jackie Roberts has provided the following statement:
"We would like to thank the police, fire service, and the public that have been involved in the search for Megan. We would also like to thank everyone who has offered support and comfort during this painful time.
"Megan was an intelligent, talented and beautiful person whose kindness and sense of humour will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her."
Megan's father, Jason Roberts has also provided a statement:
"We would like to thank the police, fire service and the public who have been involved in the search for Megan.
"Megan was a wonderful, kind and loving daughter who will be missed by many."