A body has been found in the search for a 22-year-old man who went missing on a night out over the weekend.
Luke Jobson was last seen ‘running away from a gang of lads’ in Yarm, North Yorkshire, at around 2.15am on Saturday, his cousin said on Facebook.
Police searching for Luke found a body in the river at Yarm this afternoon.
Luke Jobson was last seen ‘running away from a gang of lads’ in Yarm, North Yorkshire, at around 2.15am on Saturday. The 22-year-old is pictured with his girlfriend Dani Ord
A spokesman for Cleveland Police said: ‘Although formal identification has yet to take place, Luke’s family has been notified and they are being kept updated while they receive support from specially trained officers.’
A Yarm resident who was helping with the search said: ‘It is just really sad.
‘To have 200 people searching for you, it must mean that you are really popular. ‘Everything has been crazy on social media. People all over the world have picked it up.
‘It’s so sad that we haven’t had the outcome that we were hoping for.’
A woman who did not wish to be named added: ‘It is horrific. It’s close to home. It’s not the outcome we wanted, all you can think about is the poor family.’
Luke’s family previously launched a frantic appeal to find him.
His girlfriend Dani Ord also made a desperate appeal on social media, saying she was ‘living an absolute nightmare’ as she pleaded with anyone who had information to come forward.
She made a desperate appeal to help find him on Facebook, saying she was ‘living a nightmare’
Hundreds of people met at Yarm School in Teesside this morning to search for Luke
Search parties have been organised by concerned members of the public on social media
Specialist marine officers arrived at Yarm School, Teesside to search the River Tees which runs at the back of the school
A major search operation to find Luke was launched after he went missing on Saturday
A police helicopter and specialist search advisers have been out looking for Luke. Pictured, specialist marine police officers combing the River Tees
His disappearance was regarded as ‘out of character’ by his friends and family.
Luke Jobson (pictured) was last seen in Yarm, North Yorkshire, at around 2.15am outside a pub on Saturday during a night out
He had not been in touch with those who know him since he vanished.
Luke’s cousin Jake appealed for help finding him on Facebook.
He wrote: ‘Surely someone knows where our Luke is he can’t just disappear last seen running in Yarm high street away from a gang of lads.’
Luke was spotted outside The Keys on Yarm High Street before going up towards Osbournes and then Yarm School, where he was sighted for the last time.
A police helicopter and specialist search advisers have been out looking for Luke.
Search parties have also been organised by concerned members of the public on social media.
Hundreds of volunteers combed the area today in an attempt to find Luke after his family made a desperate appeal for help in finding him.
It came as police revealed they are to interview three teenagers, one aged 18 and two 16-year-olds in connection with Luke’s disappearance.
Luke was spotted outside The Keys on Yarm High Street before going up towards Osbournes and then Yarm School, where he was sighted for the last time. Those searching for him are pictured outside the school this morning
People searching for Luke along the banks of the River Tees this morning
Luke Jobson’s cousin Jake made a desperate plea to help find him through Facebook (pictured)
His disappearance is regarded as ‘out of character’ by his friends and family and he has not been in touch with those that know him since his disappearance
Police are appealing for taxi drivers and other drivers who were in the Yam area between 2am and 3am on Saturday to check dashcam footage. Pictured,people searching for Luke along the banks of the River Tees
‘We appreciate this is a very worrying and distressing time for Luke’s family and friends and we completely understand they want to do all they can to find Luke.
‘We would however ask for everyone’s co-operation and understanding while professionally trained officers continue to carry out safe, effective searches rather than potentially putting themselves in danger in publicly organised searches.’
His aunt wrote: ‘Luke needs to be found and needs to be home – FAST, he is 22, he wouldn’t hurt a fly, he is popular, happy calm lad that needs to be found ASAP.’
One of those searching for Luke said: ‘Luke is known as a nice guy, he is a totally lovely lad.’
Mr Jobson’s family asked for help in tracing him over the weekend and an appeal on Facebook has been shared more than 60,000 times.
Police are appealing for taxi drivers and other motorists who were in the Yam area between 2am and 3am on Saturday to check dashcam footage.
They are also appealing for Yarm residents to check their CCTV cameras for clues.
Luke was last seen wearing black jeans and a grey polo top.
Anyone with information is asked to call Cleveland Police on 101, quoting reference number 14944.