Body pulled from River Avon thought to be missing student

The body of a man retrieved from the River Avon today (September 25) is thought to be that of a missing University of Bath student, police have said.

Martin Bowers, from Staffordshire, had been missing since lunchtime on Saturday, September 19.

Emergency services were called to York Road just after 7.30am to reports of a person in the water close to the Langton Street Bridge.

On being recovered from the river, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Formal identification is yet to take place but the body is thought to be that of the missing third year student.

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A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: “We can confirm a body recovered from the River Avon today (Friday 25 September) is believed to be that of missing student Martin Bowers.

“We received a call at approximately 7.30am this morning to reports of a man in the water in the Bedminster area of Bristol. Avon Fire and Rescue Service led an operation to recover the casualty and brought him back to the riverbank, where he was pronounced dead.

“Roads were closed while the emergency services dealt with the incident, but they have since reopened.

“Formal identification has yet to take place, however we believe the casualty is Martin Bowers. Martin, a third year University of Bath student, was reported missing in Bath earlier this week after not being seen since lunchtime on Saturday, September 19.

“Martin’s family have been informed and we continue to support them at this difficult time.

“We do not consider the circumstances to be suspicious and we’ll carry out further enquiries on behalf of the Coroner’s office.”

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