Body pulled from the River Wear as as search for Sope Peters continues

Police say the family of 20-year-old Sope Peters have been informed of the discovery, but no formal identification has yet taken place

Police and emergency services in Durham and on the banks of the River Wear near the cathedral
Police and emergency services in Durham and on the banks of the River Wear near the cathedral

A body was pulled from the River Wear in Durham City as police search for a missing university student.

Police say the family of 20-year-old Sope Peters have been informed of the discovery, but no formal identification has yet taken place.

A member of the public saw the body floating in a deep section of water between Prebends Bridge and Framwellgate Bridge yesterday afternoon and called the police.

Emergency services were quickly at the scene and firefighters recovered the body using a dinghy.

Sope Peters
Sope Peters
 

Sope, who was in his second year of an economics degree at Durham University’s Hatfield College, was last seen at Klute bar on Tuesday, October 29, during a night out with friends.

He was captured on CCTV on the steps down to the river at Elvet Bridge just after midnight but could then not be located on footage of the city elsewhere.

Officers said they believe it was probable the well-liked and promising student had gone into the water.

His passport and glasses were found back at his flat at Highgate and attempts to contact him by phone and online failed.

Inspector Chris Hedley, of Durham Police, said: “Emergency services have now recovered a body, however, no formal identification has taken place.

“We can confirm the family of missing student Sope Peters have been informed of this discovery.”

 

Sope’s mother Tolu, who lives in Virginia in the US, visited Durham two weeks ago to see how the search was progressing and to appeal for help finding her son.

Dr Anthony Bash, a senior tutor at Hatfield College at Durham University, has said previously: “[Sope] was an energetic, lively and well-liked student.

“He was very popular and had plenty of friends.

“He was a guy with style.

“He had an energy about him, he was very creative.

“The students are very shocked and saddened.

“There is a sense of loss in the college as we continue to look for Sope.”

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