The family of a missing student from Leeds have been left devastated after his body was discovered in the River Mersey in Liverpool.
Aamir Qudeer, 21, had not been seen since he got on a train from Leeds to Liverpool on February 26.
His body was found by a member of the public on Sunday – just a day after relatives were in the city to raise awareness of his disappearance.
A message posted on the Find Aamir Qudeer Twitter account said: “Forever in our hearts. Pls (sic) remember Aamir and his family in your prayers.”
Former Leeds City College student Aamir, of Scott Hall Road in Moortown, was in his first year studying engineering at Bradford University.
He was seen on CCTV getting on a train to Liverpool on the afternoon of February 26.
Although he had missed lectures shortly before his disappearance, there were no signs he was unhappy and his family and police were baffled about why he had gone missing.
The discovery of a man’s body on Sunday came after repeated appeals from loved ones for information.
Detective Inspector Neil Benstead, of Bradford District CID, said: “We can confirm that we were alerted by Merseyside Police to the discovery of a man’s body, which was found in the river in south Liverpool on Sunday.
“The body was recovered by emergency services, following a call from a member of the public at about 9am.
“Formal identification has not yet taken place.”
Messages of tribute were posted on Twitter, One said: “It’s so heartbreaking to hear that, he’s been missing for over five weeks. Cannot begin to imagine what his family went through.”
Another said: “Devastated for Aamir Qudeer’s family. May he rest in peace.”