Harvey Parker: Body recovered from Thames is missing 20-year-old student

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Harvey Parker disappeared on Friday night (Metropolitan Police/PA) (PA Media)
Harvey Parker disappeared on Friday night (Metropolitan Police/PA) (PA Media)

A body recovered from the River Thames is missing 20-year-old Harvey Parker, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed.

The force was alerted to reports of a body in the Thames near Embankment by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution at 11.51am on Tuesday.

Mr Parker was last seen on Friday after leaving Heaven nightclub near Charing Cross railway station in Westminster central London, at about 2.15am.

Officers from the Met’s marine support unit recovered the body.

 (PA Media)
(PA Media)

Detective Chief Inspector Lucy O’Connor, of the Central South Command Unit, said: “We are providing Harvey’s family with all the available information.

“We are also asking for media to please respect the family’s privacy at this challenging and difficult time.”

CCTV footage showed Mr Parker walking into Craven Street and then south towards the Embankment, and he has not been seen since.

A friend said the University of York music student had been to a Little Simz concert in Brixton, south London, before going to the nightclub.

On Wednesday, the Metropolitan Police said that investigators had viewed CCTV near the Golden Jubilee Bridge and believe Mr Parker, who is a member of front of house staff at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, may have entered the water there.

The force said that there was nothing to suggest anyone else was involved.

Earlier on Thursday, Mr Parker’s family paid tribute to their “glorious” son.

In a statement signed by his mother Amanda, step-father Michael and brother Titus, they said: “We are so very sad to report that police have recovered a body from the Thames near where our beautiful Harvey was last seen.

“Our deepest thanks to all of you who searched with us, posted, shared, and supported us and the Met police in finding Harvey.

“Your love and support ensured so many people knew something of the blazing, glorious person that we were lucky to have in our lives.”

A JustGiving page set up “in memory of our beautiful Harvey” has raised in excess of £48,000 as of Thursday night.

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