April 8, 2011

03/13/11: James Bubear, 19, Bath, UK

Identified: A body pulled from the
River Avon has been named as
missing student James Bubear
Reprinted from: Daily Mail.

Body of missing student who disappeared during night out is found in River Avon

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 9:22 PM on 6th April 2011

Identified: A body pulled from the River Avon has been named as missing student James Bubear

A body pulled from the River Avon was today identified as a student missing since last month.

James Bubear, a first-year creative writing student at Bath Spa university, was last seen alive after leaving a fancy dress party in the city with friends.

The 19-year-old's body was recovered by police divers in the Twerton area of Bath the day before yesterday, after they were called to the scene by an Environment Agency worker.

Avon and Somerset Police said they are not treating the death as suspicious. The cause of death is still unclear, but it is thought that Mr Bubear drowned.

Mr Bubear's mother, Vanda, from Llandrindod Wells in mid-Wales, thanked the people of Bath for their support and for taking the student as 'one of their own'.

More than 12,000 people signed up to a Facebook campaign to try to find the teenager and around 400 joined the his sisters in a march in Bath after his family made public appeals for information about his whereabouts.

Mr Bubear went missing after leaving the Revolution bar in George Street, central Bath, at around 10.30pm on 13 March after attending a fancy dress party with friends.

His mobile phone and passport were found in a city centre doorway by a street cleaner the next morning. He was last seen alive on CCTV on the night he disappeared.

Drowned? Police recovered the teenager's body from the River Avon in the Twerton area of Bath, several miles downstream from where he disappeared.

A woman in her 20s, the last person seen talking to Mr Bubear in the CCTV footage, had contacted the police, but was unable to shed any light on his whereabouts.

After the body was discovered, Chief Inspector Simon Ellis said: 'We have spoken to James's family and are keeping them fully informed.

'The matter is now in the hands of the Coroner who will carry out a post mortem examination to determine the cause of death and formally identify the body.'

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