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Caroline Everest search team find body in river

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Image caption Police released two pictures of Caroline Everest, including a photo taken on the night she went missing (l)

Police searching for a missing Sheffield Hallam University student have found a woman's body in a river.

Caroline Everest, 18, was last seen by friends at the Corporation nightclub in Milton Street in the early hours of Sunday.

Officers found the body in a river in Summerfield Street at about 03:45 GMT.

South Yorkshire Police said she had not been formally identified, but "believe it to be Caroline Everest", and said her family had been informed.

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Police said they were trying to "to establish the circumstances surrounding her death". Officers have been seen searching undergrowth close to where the body was found.

The force appealed to anyone who may have seen Ms Everest after she left the nightclub to contact them.

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Image caption The body was found in area where many students live

Dapo Adaramewa, president of the students' union at Sheffield Hallam University, where Ms Everest was studying Biosciences and Chemistry, said he was "deeply saddened".

"Our thoughts are with her family at this time," he said.

A statement posted on the Sheffield Hallam University Facebook page said: "We're deeply shocked and saddened to hear that South Yorkshire Police have today found a body they believe to be Caroline Everest.

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

In an email sent to students, the university said support was available for anyone affected by the "sad event".

Flowers have been laid at the police cordon on Ecclesall Road, with a note that read: "RIP Caroline. Another young life taken too early. Thoughts are with your family at this sad time."

Image caption Officers have been searching the area around the Porter Brook following the discovery of a woman's body
Image caption Bouquets have been left near to the spot where the body was found

The body was found in an area of modern office buildings and car dealerships between the city centre and the Ecclesall Road area, where many university students live.

The scene is about half a mile from the Corporation club and close to the city's inner ring road.

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Image caption Police sealed off the area around Summerfield Street

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