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Met pull body from Thames in search for missing Harvey Parker, 20, – identification awaits

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The RNLI alerted London’s Metropolitan Police at 11.51am on Tuesday to reports of a body in the river near Embankment. Officers from the Met’s Marine Support Unit recovered the body and the death is being treated by the force as unexplained.

Officers involved in the search for Mr Parker have been informed. Formal identification of the body has yet to be carried out.

Detective Chief Inspector Lucy O’Conner from the Met’s South Command Unit said: “Sadly, a body has been recovered from the Thames near where Harvey was last seen.

“We are providing Harvey’s family with all the available information.

“We are also asking for media to please respect the family’s privacy at this challenging and difficult time.”

Mr Parker, 20, was last seen leaving Heaven nightclub near Charing Cross Railway Station at about 2.15am on December 17.

He had been to a Lil Simz concert at the O2 Academy in Brixton on December 16 then returned to his family home in Waterloo to change his clothes before heading to the LGBTQ+ club.

CCTV footage released by Lambeth Police showed him leaving the nightclub and entering Craven Street before walking south towards Embankment.

Police began to search the Thames on December 22 after it was suggested Mr Parker may have entered the water near Golden Jubilee Bridge.

The Met said previously that there is no evidence to suggest a third party was involved in his disappearance.

Mr Parker’s mum, Amanda Armstrong, had said she saw no reason why the gifted music student would go missing.

Last month, she told Metro her son had returned home, was “really upbeat”, “very positive” about the concert and had had a good time.

Ms Armstrong said she had assumed he had gone to work at the Theatre Royal Stratford East after he didn’t come home from his night out.

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However, she contacted the police after he didn’t return in the evening and did not go to work.

Speaking to BBC London in December, she said: “He has high-functioning autism so he is really fun to be around but he may not be receiving information or making the same of it as others do.

“This makes him vulnerable in certain situations.”

Appealing to her son at the time, she said: “If you are seeing this please just come home.”

She said: “Harvey’s very musically accomplished and very academically gifted and really confident. The flute is Harvey’s first instrument, along with the oboe, piano and organ.

“Harvey’s a phenomenal musician. Harvey is very engaging, has lots of friends and is quirky.

“At the same time, Harvey’s very vulnerable and can misread a situation and get overwhelmed.

“Harvey can’t necessarily read social situations and is outgoing – and that’s when autism really comes into play because what to do next would be a real challenge.”

A report is to be compiled for the coroner, according to the Met.

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