Nadish Kunwar river death: 'Not foul play'

Nadish Kunwar
Image caption Nadish Kunwar's family said his disappearance was out of character

Police investigated reports a student whose body was found in a river had been murdered, an inquest has heard.

Nadish Kunwar, 20, was missing for three weeks before he was found in the River Derwent in Derby in February.

Derby Coroners Court said they investigated a report a man had been kidnapped, assaulted and thrown in a river but it turned out to be false.

Medical tests found no evidence of foul play but Mr Kunwar had been 1.5 times over the drink-drive limit.

Mr Kunwar, originally from Nepal, vanished after a night out in the city on New Years Eve, prompting an extensive search.

He was seen on CCTV footage, released by police, apparently staggering.

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Image caption CCTV released by police showed a man apparently staggering through Derby

Specialist divers found a body in the Derwent under a railway bridge near Pride Parkway on 23 February.

The inquest heard a woman had seen a message from a man that he had helped to kidnap and assault someone before dumping his body in the river.

Derbyshire Police investigated the claim but found the man had made false claims to "impress others".

Det Ch Insp Paul Tatlow said: "There was nothing to suggest any other person was involved."

He said there was no evidence to say where or when Mr Kunwar had entered the river.

Recording an open verdict, assistant coroner for South Derbyshire, Louise Pinder said questions remained, but the case would be formally closed unless new evidence came to light.

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