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Body found in search for missing man, 20

A body has been recovered in the search for missing 20-year-old Harvey Parker.

Police say they were alerted to reports of a body in Londons River Thames, near Embankment, by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution on Tuesday morning.

Mr Parker was last seen leaving Heaven Nightclub near Charing Cross railway station in the early hours of Friday December 17, before the development at 11.51am today.

The death is being treated as unexplained and formal identification is yet to take place, but detectives searching for Mr Parker have been alerted and family liaison officers have informed his relatives.

Detective Chief Inspector Lucy O’Connor, of the Central South Command Unit, said: ‘Sadly a body has been recovered from the Thames near where Harvey was last seen.

‘We are providing Harvey’s family with all the available information.

We are also asking for media to please respect the family’s privacy at this challenging and difficult time.’

Handout still from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police of Harvey Parker who was last seen just after midnight on Friday as he left the Heaven Nightclub by Charing Cross Railway Station in Westminster alone. Issue date: Tuesday December 21, 2021. PA Photo. The police and family of the 20-year-old student are ???extremely worried??? after he went missing following a night out in central London. See PA story POLICE Parker . Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Harvey was last seen just after midnight as he left the Heaven Nightclub by Charing Cross Railway Station alone (Picture: PA)

CCTV footage had shown Harvey walking into Craven Street and then south towards the Embankment.

A friend said the University of York music student had been to a Little Simz concert in Brixton, south London, before going to the nightclub.

On Wednesday the Metropolitan Police said that investigators had viewed CCTV near the Golden Jubilee Bridge and believe Harvey – a member of front of house staff at the Theatre Royal Stratford East – may have entered the water there.

The force said that there was nothing to suggest anyone else was involved.

Officers from the Met’s marine support unit recovered the body.

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