A BODY pulled from the Humber Estuary by cops hunting missing Libby Squire is believed to be a woman, reports claim.
But officers say it is too early to identify the body, which was recovered from Grimsby Docks by the RNLI yesterday afternoon.
A spokesman for North East Lincolnshire Coroner’s Office told the Mirror: “We believe it is a woman’s body.”
Humberside Police, who have been probing Libby’s disappearance after she vanished on a night out in Hull six weeks ago, are expected to give an update later.
A police source said yesterday: “The body is decomposed.
“Tests will be carried out overnight to determine the identity of the person.
“It is too early to say if it is Libby or not. Her family have been notified by specialist family liaison officers as a matter of course.”
Cops contacted Libby’s parents Lisa, 48, and Russ, 53, after the grisly discovery was made but officers are currently investigating three missing persons investigations.
Police were scrambled to the docks at around 2.30pm after the alarm was raised with the RNLI assisting in the recovery.
The quayside was cordoned off and the coroner was informed.
VANISHED WITHOUT A TRACE
Philosophy and religion student Libby went missing from a park bench just yards from her student digs after a night out on January 31.
She had been turned away from the Welly nightclub in Hull for being too drunk and was put in a taxi by friends and driven home to nearby Wellesley Avenue.
But after staggering around she mysteriously ended up sitting on a park bench on nearby Beverley Road at 11.45pm.
CCTV footage taken minutes later at 12.09am shows a woman believed to be Libby getting into a car and being driven away.
A second clip obtained by The Sun, shows a similar car being driven half a mile away ten minutes later at 12.19am.
A woman living close to where Libby was last seen described hearing “bloodcurdling screams” at 12.30am that made her sit up in bed and say: “Oh my God”.
A massive hunt was launched and up to 50 officers searched a river and pond close to her home. Bins, drains and gardens were also swept but without trace.
Since her disappearance Libby’s parents have travelled between their home in High Wycombe and Hull to help cops.
In a moving statement the couple spoke fondly of Libby’s love and said she was “always happy and having fun”.
They also said: “As a family we are incomplete.
“We miss her more than we could ever say. We just want her back with us.”
They also released snaps of Libby including one of her on Christmas Day and others of her laughing and joking with her family as they desperately appealed for information.
BUTCHER REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION
Polish butcher Pawel Relowicz, 24, was arrested and quizzed over Libby’s abduction and remains under investigation.
He has since been charged with five counts of burglary, three counts of voyeurism, three counts of outraging public decency and one of receiving stolen goods.
The offences – unrelated to Libby’s disappearance – include allegedly performing a sex act on himself on Libby’s street just 12 days before she vanished.
He is also accused of stealing a “quantity” of sex toys, condoms, knickers and photographs from a home in Hull days before she was last seen.
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The alleged burglary – where a laptop, Kindle and speaker were also stolen – is said to have taken place between January 25 and January 28 – Libby vanished on January 31.
Rełowicz also allegedly stole three vibrators from a home on his own street and took a PlayStation 4, a controller and £25 in cash from another house.
He appeared at Hull Crown Court on Monday to deny the charges and will stand trial on July 22.
Libby’s distraught family have been informed of the latest development[/caption]
Student Libby vanished on a night out in Hull six weeks ago[/caption]
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