Harvey Parker: Family pay tribute to ‘glorious’ son as body discovered in Thames

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Harvey Parker  (Metropolitan Police)
Harvey Parker (Metropolitan Police)

The family of missing student Harvey Parker has paid tribute to their “glorious” son after police confirmed they had found a body in the River Thames.

Friends of the University of York student, 20, have set up a JustGiving raising money for other young people who, like Harvey, are neuro-diverse, gender-diverse and talented musicians.

The former Westminster pupil played flute, oboe and the organ at the prestigious £30,000-a-year school’s orchestra before joining the Chineke! Foundation - a talented roster of musicians from under-represented backgrounds.

At the time of writing the crowdfunder has smashed its target raising more than £36,000.

Harvey, described by family as autistic, had been to a Little Simz concert at the Brixton Academy followed by Heaven nightclub before he went missing on Friday December 17.

The Met was alerted by the RNLI at about 11.50am on Tuesday to reports of a body in Thames near Embankment.

Officers from the Met’s Marine Support Unit recovered the body. The death is being treated as unexplained.

Harvey Parker (Metropolitan Police/PA) (PA Media)
Harvey Parker (Metropolitan Police/PA) (PA Media)

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.”

The family pointed to a Just Giving page established by friends to raise money for queer, neurodiverse and gender diverse young people as well as musicians from under-represented communities.

They added: “We want to ensure that others like Harvey are able to shine as brightly.”

Carol Russell, a godmother to Harvey, shared on Twitter: “Thanks to all the wonderful people who helped to spread the word as we searched for my fabulous Godson, Harvey Parker. Rest in Power my darling.”

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

Mr Parker was last seen leaving Heaven Nightclub, close to Charing Cross station, at around 2.15am on December 17.

Days later the Met said it was searching the river following a review of CCTV in the area that indicated that Mr Parker may have entered the water near the Golden Jubilee Bridge.

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