The search for University of Essex student, Hannah Webster, has been suspended after a body was found today.
She was reported missing after her family had not heard from her since 10am on Thursday 11th May.
Police discovered a woman’s body in a wooded area off a cycle route between East Hill and The Hythe at about 12:10pm today.
Formal identification has yet to take place but Hannah’s next of kin have been informed of the find. The death is not being treated as suspicious.
Hannah, 20, is studying Banking and Finance at the Essex Business School at the university.
Friends of Hannah have taken to Facebook, leaving messages of condolences, and sharing stories of her life. Alice Corby, a close friend of Hannah’s, wrote a long and passionate post, accompanied by pictures of Hannah throughout her time at university, describing her as “an absolute sunshine,” with “glorious, bouncy, golden curls and [an] infectious smile [that] carried light with them wherever you went.” She also went on to talk about how wonderful a friend she was, and promised Hannah that she will make sure nobody else is ever again allowed to “slip through the cracks.”
Friend and flat mate of Hannah, Ellie McCormack, has also asked for anyone with pictures of Hannah to send them on, so that they can be given to her mum.
Tributes have continued to pour in from Facebook, as those who knew this wonderful young girl come to term with the tragic news. Our hearts go out to her family during this difficult time.
If you have been affected by this incident, please know that you are not alone. If you don’t want to talk to a friend or family member, you can access support through the Student Services Hub or via the emergency out of hours services.
If you need to speak to someone out-of-hours you can contact the Information Centre on Square 3 on 01206 872125, or Samaritans on 0845 790 9090.