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  • 30 January 2014, 5:23

Missing Student 'Fell In River After Drinking'

Student Megan Roberts, who has been missing in York since Thursday, probably fell into a river "affected by alcohol", police say.

Detective Superintendent Phil Cain described the last known movements of the York St John University student almost a week after the 20-year-old went missing.

He said: "The strongest and most probable line of inquiry being pursued by police is that Megan, affected by alcohol, has entered the river.

"On balance, this presents as a group of young friends on a night out that is likely to have ended in tragedy."

Police have concentrated their search around the bank of the River Ouse where it runs through the city. Police divers have been scouring the area around Lendal Bridge.

They say there is nothing to suggest foul play in relation to the disappearance of Ms Roberts who is from Wetherby, West Yorkshire.

Det Supt Cain said officers had established that Ms Roberts was with a group of friends who had been drinking "for several hours" before leaving the Popworld nightclub, in York city centre, at around 2.10am on Thursday.

He said: "All the group, including Megan, were heavily affected by alcohol."

The group were spread out and some of them ran down a street called Tanner's Moat, past The Maltings pub, where Ms Roberts - the last in the group - was spotted bumping into a row of cycle racks.

"CCTV evidence does not show Megan running back up the same street with the others to rejoin the main group," he said.

Officers are confident that none of her friends is directly responsible for her disappearance.

"The possibility still exists that Megan is elsewhere safe and well but, realistically, given the passage of time, such a possibility is increasingly remote," Det Supt Cain said.

Police say there is nothing to link her disappearance to the case of Claudia Lawrence - the university chef who went missing in York in 2009 and who police believe has been murdered.

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