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Police Believe Megan went Into River Ouse

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4:55pm 29th January 2014


North Yorkshire Police have confirmed in a statement that they have established the last known movements of York student Megan Roberts. They say she was one of a group of young adults - all of who were friends - who had been drinking for several hours prior to leaving Popworld night club around 2.10am on Thursday 23, January. It's thought all in the group, including Megan, were heavily affected by alcohol..

Information given to police shows the party had spread out along the route of Lendal bridge. Having separated, part of the group ran down Tanners Moat, in front of The Maltings public house towards the river looking for the others.

 It's believed that Megan, through the effects of alcohol, was the last in the group and bumped into some of the cycle racks as she followed others. CCTV evidence does not show Megan running back up the same street with the others to rejoin the main group.


Police say that all members of the group concerned have been traced and spoken to at length by the police.

Superintendent Phil Cain has said "There is nothing at this stage to indicate that any member of that group of friends or anybody else is directly responsible for Megan’s disappearance"


“A range of other police enquiries, including investigating theories described on social media sites, have been undertaken by a range of police resources including detectives. The results of which does NOT indicate that Megan’s disappearance is the result of any criminal activity.


“Consequently the strongest and most probable line of enquiry being pursued by police is that Megan, affected by alcohol, has entered the river.


“Clearly we will not be in a position to definitively to confirm this to be the case until Megan is found.


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


“I emphasise that there is no evidence to indicate foul play of criminality and certainly NO evidence to link Megan’s disappearance to the Claudia Lawrence case."



Anyone with information about Megan’s disappearance is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 1 – and pass information to the Force Control Room.

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