The body of a popular student who disappeared just minutes after texting his girlfriend to say he was drunk has been found in a river.
Nineteen-year-old Henry Burke has now been found be police after he vanished following an altercation in a nightclub. He disappeared after being thrown out when he stepped in to try to break up a fight.
The rugby player has now been found in the River Avon in Bath, where 11 other people have died in just six years. After being thrown out of a club, he texted his girlfriend, saying: “I’m pi**ed not going to lie. I love this baby”.
Concerns were raised when Mr Burke, who was in his second year of a geography degree at Bath Spa university, failed to return home or turn up for his job as a tour guide at Bath Abbey.
Stills taken from CCTV footage at the Zero Zero nightclub show him exiting the club. But when he failed to return home, his girlfriend, Emma Comley, a 20-year-old musical theatre student urged locals to search for him.
She said that Mr Burke had gone out in Bath while she was out with friends in Bristol, but the pair were texting each other throughout the night until his texts suddently stopped.
Police have now confirmed that a body has been found in the River Avon at around midday on Saturday. Around half of those who have died in the river have been students on nights out.
A statement from Avon and Somerset Police said: “A body has been found in the search for missing Henry Burke. Although formal identification has not been undertaken, we’ve informed Henry’s family of this development.
“The body of a man was found in the River Avon in Bath by colleagues at Avon Fire & Rescue Service this morning. At this stage, the death is being treated as unexplained. Our enquiries are continuing.”