The heartbroken mother of a French student who disappeared in Edinburgh has announced that a body found in Duddingston Loch in the city is that of her son.
Popular student Antoine Maury, 21, disappeared more than a month ago after leaving a group of friends he was with. The only sighting of a man who matched his description was of someone seen at the loch without a top on.
His devastated mother Laura Maury has now thanked everyone who helped in the search efforts as well as offering their support. She said: “My beloved sons body was recovered in the Dudingston Loch earlier this morning. Antoine would had turned 22 on the 31st of December this year. Thank you all for your help and support during the last 5 and 1/2 weeks. God bless you all.”
Specialist divers and officials using sonar equipment searched the loch after the sighting which was believed to be Mr Maury. Police earlier confirmed that they had recovered a body, but said that they were still trying to identify the man. They said they had told Mr Maury’s family about the body while their investigations continued.”
His body was found after a member of the public called police when they spotted something in the water. Police officers raced to the scene, putting up a cordon to keep further people away, while a rescue boat and specialist divers entered the water to recover Mr Maury.
Mr Maury was studying at Edinburgh College’s Milton Road campus, which is where he was last seen by his friends, before he suddenly vanished. Extensive searches were carried by by police who sent up helicopters, used trained search dogs and the Police Scotland Marine Unit in a bid to find Mr Maury. Teams from the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue and Borders Search and Rescue teams also took part in the search efforts.