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Body found in search for missing Reading Uni student


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A body has been found in a lake in the search for missing Reading University student Daniel Williams, police have said.

Daniel, 19, was last seen in the early hours of Thursday morning (31/1) at 3sixty, the student union nightclub. He was reported missing after failing to return to his home on nearby Blenheim Road.

Daniel Williams Reading University Student

Photo: Thames Valley Police Handout 

Police have been searching for the second year student whose disappearance was described as “out of character” and discovered the body earlier today.  

No formal identification of the body - which was found in Whiteknights Lake on the Reading University’s main campus - has taken place but Daniel’s parents have been informed.

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The death is being treated as unexplained and is not believed to be suspicious, police said.

Superintendent Stan Gilmour said: “Tragically officers searching for Daniel have located a body.

"While the identity of the person who died is yet to be established, we have informed Daniel’s family and are providing support to them.

“Please could I make an appeal to respect the privacy of Daniel’s family at what must be a deeply difficult time for them.”

University activities are continuing today but the university has asked people to be respectful at this difficult time.  

Writing on Twitter Reading University said:

“We are very sad to share the news that officers searching the campus have found a body. We don't have any further details but we will continue to work with @TVP_Reading on the investigation, and with @UniRdg_Student to support our community.”

If you are feeling sad or worried and would like to talk to someone, students are being encouraged to get in touch with the  Student Welfare Team or  Chaplaincy Centre.

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