Police comb river bank after body found in hunt for student Caroline Everest

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Body Found in River During Search for Missing Student Caroline Everest

Police investigating the death of university student Caroline Everest have been searching the banks of a river where the 18-year-old's body was found.

The body, found in Sheffield's Porter Brook river near Summerfield Street, at the bottom of Ecclesall Road, has not been formally identified but South Yorkshire Police said they believe it to be Miss Everest.

Police search teams have spent the day combing the area as investigations continue to establish the circumstances surrounding her death.

Miss Everest was last seen by friends at the Corporation nightclub, in Milton Street, Sheffield, at around 2.30am on Sunday.

The Sheffield Hallam University student's family became concerned when she did not turn up for work or a family dinner on Sunday.

The body was found at around 3.45am today and police said the teenager's family had been informed.

Today, a large area around the scene was cordoned off by police with uniformed officers guarding a number of entry points.

Police search teams could be seen scouring the banks of the Porter Brook, which is about 10ft wide at this point and little more than a stream.

The body was found in part of the brook between a large area of derelict land and a flats complex, just off the city's busy inner ring road and very close to Ecclesall Road - one of Sheffield's main arteries.

The scene is about half-a-mile from the Corporation club in an area of offices, flats and car showrooms between the city centre and one of the main student residential areas.

A number of floral tributes were laid at the police cordon on Eccleshall Road.

One note read: "RIP Caroline. Such a sweet, lovely girl, you will be missed by so many people. Sleep tight."

Friends took to Facebook to pay tribute to Miss Everest, describing her as "mature" and "responsible".

Sammiie May wrote: "Can't believe this, it's not true, it can't be, it's not fair. She had a heart of gold this lass, she loved her family with every inch of her body."

Sam Deloughry said: "She was such a lovely girl, she was always the responsible one."

Sheffield Hallam University said they were offering support to students and staff following Miss Everest's death.

A spokeswoman said: "We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear that South Yorkshire Police have today found a body that they believe to be Caroline Everest.

"Our thoughts at this time are with Caroline's family and close friends."

Miss Everest's death is the second tragedy to hit the university since the start of the academic year.

In September, 18-year-old biomedical sciences student Abigail Hall was found dead in halls of residence in Shoreham Street in the city in circumstances that were not believed to be suspicious.

In recent years, there have been a spate of student deaths in rivers across the UK following nights out.

Two students died in the River Avon in Bath in 2011 and 2014, while three Durham University students died in the River Wear in just over a year.

Newcastle University student Jason Fyles was found in the River Tyne after a night out drinking with friends in 2013 and, last year, York St John University student Megan Roberts died in the River Ouse in York following a night out in the city.

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who may have seen Miss Everest walking between the Corporation nightclub and Summerfield Street on Sunday morning to come forward.

She is described as white, 5ft 6in tall and of slim build. She was wearing a black dress with a black cardigan and glasses. She was carrying a black handbag with a cream strap and had her long, dark hair in a low ponytail.

Anyone with information is asked to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 998 of November 22.