Body Found in Search for Harvey Parker

Family and friends have set up a fundraiser in Harvey's memory.

Police have recovered a body during their search for missing University of York student Harvey Parker.

Parker, 20, a second year music student, went missing after leaving a London nightclub last month.

The Metropolitan Police were alerted to reports of a body near Embankment in Westminster at 11:51 on Wednesday morning and officers recovered the body.

The death is being treated as unexplained.

Although formal identification has not yet taken place, detectives involved in the search for Parker have been alerted and his family has been informed.

Detective Chief Inspector Lucy O’Connor, of the Central South Command Unit, said: “Sadly a body has been recovered from the Thames near where Harvey was last seen. 

“We are providing Harvey’s family with all the available information.”

Parker was last seen leaving the Heaven nightclub in London at around 02:15 on the 17 December, after attending a concert in Brixton earlier that day. 

Family and friends have set up a fundraiser in his memory, to raise money for “​​young queer support groups, neurodiverse and gender-diverse young people who would benefit from emotional or mental health support, and … talented musicians from under-represented communities”.

Any student experiencing psychological or mental health difficulties does not have to struggle alone. Support is available through the University at https://www.york.ac.uk/students/health/help/.

Samaritans are here – day or night, 365 days a year. You can call them for free on 116 123, email them at [email protected], or visit www.samaritans.org to find your nearest branch.

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