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Body found in River Ouse is Jordan Sullivan

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6:55am 14th March 2012
(Updated 11:19am 16th March 2012)

The body found in the River Ouse yesterday, at Naburn Marina, has been confirmed as being that of missing York teen Jordan Sullivan.

The 19 year old disappear just over a month ago.

He was last seen on the banks of the river, naked, near the water on Valentine's Day.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police has revealed an inquest into Jordan's death is likely to be opened and adjourned on Tuesday.

Jordan's family have been visited by victim support officers from North Yorkshire Police.

They've asked for people to respect their privacy and not contact them at this extremely difficult time.

Following the discovery of 19 year old Jordan Sullivan’s body in York yesterday, Peter Lawrence, father of York chef Claudia Lawrence (missing for three years this weekend), issues the following statement:

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the discovery of Jordan’s body yesterday and would like his family to know that they are very much in my thoughts and prayers at this distressing time after such a tragic loss of so young a life.”

Background to the case

A month long search was contucted by North Yorkshire Police in the hunt for missing Jordan Sullivan.

Jordan has not been seen since around 9.30am on Tuesday 14th February 2012, when he was spotted near the River Ouse in the Naburn.

Police Community Support Officers carried out daily checks of the riverside in the area where Jordan was last seen.

Specially trained police officers liaise with his family throughout the hunt for Jordan to keep them updated with the progress of their enquiries.

Speaking shortly after Jordan disappeared his mum, Nicola, says:

"Jordan is very special to all who know him, because he makes them each feel special.

"My thoughts are with all of those who must be feeling as upset, at this very difficult time, as the family are."

We caught up with Nicola a week after Jordan was last seen, she made this heartfelt appeal:


Official statement from North Yorkshire Police on 14th February 2012 when a body was found in River Ouse at Naburn

North Yorkshire Police were called at 1.50pm today (14th March 2012) by a member of staff at Naburn Marina near York after they discovered a body in the water.

Police attended the scene and the body of a man was recovered from the water just after 4pm today.

Formal identification has not yet taken place and we are not yet in a position to release any further details.

Officers have notified the family of missing man Jordan Sullivan of the discovery. 

PICTURE: Jordan Sullivan missing poster

Jordan Sullivan missing leaflet

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