Olisa Odukwe: Body found in search for missing student, 20, as heartbroken girlfriend says 'rest in peace my love'

A BODY has been found in the search for a missing student who disappeared from his Bristol home at the weekend.

Police divers searching for Olisa Odukwe, 20, have recovered the body of a man from Bristol Harbour, it was confirmed today.

And the young man's girlfriend, Daisy Barrows, has paid tribute to him with an emotional Instagram post, captioned: "Rest in peace, my love."

Officials from Avon and Somerset Police said this morning: "While formal identification has not yet been carried out, we have updated the family of missing 20-year-old Bristol student Olisa.

"Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time."

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Olisa, a second-year mechanics student, disappeared with his bike after leaving his home in Redland at 7am on Saturday.

Hundreds of people took to social media and shared his photo after his desperate girlfriend begged for help to find him.

His football team, University of Bristol Association Men's Football Club, also joined the search.

Pals on the team have now spoken of their shock and sadness.

And they said the "gentle" student was "universally loved".

In an Instagram post, they said: "In light of new information, we are now grieving the loss of our dear friend Olisa.

"Olisa was universally loved; a kind, gentle and funny character who brought a smile to the face of whoever he was with.

"Thank you all for your phenomenal support across the last few days. Please keep Olisa’s family and friends in your thoughts at this difficult time."

Cops had said they were "extremely concerned" for Olisa's welfare as they issued a public appeal for information.

And Bristol University said it was helping officers and providing any information it could to find him.

They said: "We are working closely with the police in their search for one of our students, Olisa Odukwe, last seen leaving his home in Redland on Sat morning.

"We ask the public and university community to be alert and contact the police if they think they’ve seen him.

"We are supporting Olisa’s friends and family and would urge any other students who are concerned to contact our wellbeing services for support."

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