BREAKING: Hull University student Libby Squire may have been murdered police say
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Confirmation her death is being treated as a “possible homicide” came as part of an update into Humberside Police's investigation and follows the conclusion of a post-mortem examination.
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Libby’s body was found in the Humber Estuary on Wednesday (20 March) six weeks after she disappeared.
This afternoon Detective Superintendent Martin Smalley said: “In regards to our investigation, while we have considered throughout the missing person inquiry that Libby may have come to some harm, Libby’s death and the recovery of her body now leads us to solely investigate as a potential homicide.
“The post-mortem examination concluded late last night and at this stage, we will not be releasing any results for investigative and operational reasons.
“We have to protect the integrity of the investigation, which is live and very much active and ongoing, with one man who remains under investigation.”
The University of Hull has created a space on their campus for people to leave flowers and messages in memory of Libby. Anyone who is struggling or wants to talk to someone is being encouraged to contact the university’s Student Support Centre.
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Professor Susan Lea, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull has paid tribute to Libby, saying: “As a close-knit University community of staff and students, we are all absolutely devastated by the loss of our student, Libby Squire.
“Our hearts go out to Libby’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time and we will continue to give them our full support.
“We have been incredibly moved by the way staff, students, Humberside Police and the local community have all come together over the past few weeks.
“The kindness and care everyone has shown towards each other has been overwhelming, as has everyone’s commitment to finding Libby since she went missing.
An inquest into Libby’s death will be opened on Monday afternoon (25 March) at Hull Coroner’s Court at 1pm.