Police searching for missing student Libby Squire have found a body six weeks after she was last seen, it was revealed tonight.
The University of Hull student, 21, who is originally from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, has not been seen since the early hours of February 1.
She had been on a night out in Hull but is believed to have been refused entry to The Welly nightclub and put in a taxi by her friends.
The University of Hull student, 21, who is originally from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, was last seen in the early hours of February 1 this year
A body has been recovered from the Humber Estuary, police have confirmed. Humberside Police (pictured at the scene today) have reported the body was recovered this afternoon close to Grimsby Docks
She was dropped off near her house at 11.29pm and was last seen walking in a nearby road at 12.05am wearing a black skirt, black leather jacket and distinctive trainers.
Today, Humberside Police revealed that a body had been recovered from the Humber Estuary this afternoon, in close proximity to Grimsby Docks.
A spokesman said: ‘At this stage it is too early for any identification or confirmation of gender to be made.
‘Further information will be released as soon as we are in a position that we are able to do so.’
Police have been engaged in a desperate search for the 21-year-old ever since she went missing earlier this year, and were yesterday seen combing Oak Road playing fields in Hull as part of an ‘ongoing investigation’.
Police have confirmed they were seen searching Oak Road playing fields (pictured above) as part of an ‘ongoing investigation’
Oak Road playing fields have been at the centre of the search for missing Libby in recent weeks.
Last week Libby’s family released a new video of her singing in the car with her family as they struggle to cope without her six weeks on.
Her mother Lisa said the family are ‘really struggling’ without their daughter and ‘miss her beyond belief.
She said on Tuesday: ‘As a family, we are really struggling. The whole family miss Libby beyond belief.
‘Libby’s disappearance is having a big effect on all of us. Please if you have any information let the police know.’
The video shows Libby singing with her brother and two sisters who are out of view of the camera.
A video released by the Squire family today shows Libby dancing and singing in the passenger seat of a car
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Martin Smalley added: ‘For the past six weeks the amount of support from the people of Hull, the region and around the UK has been staggering.
‘I want to thank everyone for their assistance and to everyone who has come forward with information to help us with our investigation so far.
‘We continue to search for Libby. Hundreds of officers have been involved both on land and in the water and we have followed up hundreds of leads and lines of enquiry.
‘Libby’s disappearance remains unexplained and while we remain hopeful, we must consider she has come to harm.
‘Last month we released CCTV footage showing four people on Oak Road in Hull close to the junction with Clough Road around the time that Libby was last seen.
‘We want to speak with them as they may be possible witnesses and might hold important information’.
Libby is pictured with her mother Lisa who says she is ‘struggling’ to cope with her disappearance
Miss Squire’s parents Lisa and Russ Squire (pictured) said she ‘has a big heart’ and is ‘much loved’ by her three younger siblings
Photographs released by Miss Squire’s family show her at home on Christmas Day last year (left) and in Paris in May 2017 (right) when she visited with friends during a gap year
A map traces Libby’s last known movements before she disappeared six weeks ago
Polish butcher Pawel Relowicz, 24, of Hull, remains under investigation after being arrested in connection with Libby’s disappearance and seven unrelated offences.
But the 24-year-old Polish national has never been charged with anything in relation to the University of Hull student’s disappearance.
Appearing at Hull Crown Court on Monday, he denied five counts of burglary, three of voyeurism, three of outraging public decency and one of receiving stolen goods.
He spoke only through an interpreter to confirm his name and enter his not guilty pleas during the 15-minute plea and trial preparation hearing.