Harvey Parker: police confirm body found in Thames is missing student

A body recovered from the River Thames is that of missing 20-year-old Harvey Parker, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed.

The force was alerted to reports of a body in the Thames near Embankment, central London, by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution late on Tuesday morning. Officers from the Met’s marine support unit recovered the body.

Parker was last seen on Friday 17 December after leaving Heaven nightclub near Charing Cross railway station in Westminster, central London, at about 2.15am.

DCI Lucy O’Connor, of the central south command unit, said: “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.”

CCTV footage showed Parker 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 Met said that investigators had viewed CCTV near the Golden Jubilee Bridge and believe Parker, who is 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.

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