Libby Squire: Inquest hears student's body was identified by fingerprints

25 March 2019, 13:22 | Updated: 25 March 2019, 16:16

An inquest into the death of University of Hull student Libby Squire has heard that her body was identified by her fingerprints.

Coroner Professor Paul Marks was read a statement by an identification expert upon the opening of the hearing, which was adjourned shortly after.

The statement confirmed that the body of the 21-year-old - who was found dead in the Humber Estuary more than a month after she went missing - was identified by fingerprints.

Detective Superintendent Martin Smalley also spoke briefly at Hull Coroner's Court, telling Professor Marks that the body could not yet be released as forensic investigations are ongoing.

Police have confirmed they are treating the death of Ms Squire as a "potential homicide".

During the investigation into the disappearance, a man from Hull was arrested on suspicion of abduction.

Pawel Relowicz, 24, of Raglan Street remains under investigation.

Miss Squire went missing in the early hours of Friday 1 February and her body was not found until last Wednesday, following an extensive search involving more than 100 officers and a team of volunteers.

Her mother, Lisa Squire, later said she has lost "one of the most precious things" and apologised for "not keeping her safe" in an emotional tribute.

In a Facebook post, she said "no family should have to endure" one of their own being taken from them, adding "I cannot thank you enough my darling Pie for making me a mummy. For choosing me to be your mummy.

"It's an honour, a privilege and a joy."