03/03/2014 11:26 GMT | Updated 04/03/2014 03:59 GMT

Student Megan Roberts Body Found In River Ouse, York

North Yorkshire Police

The body of a student who has been missing for six weeks after she went on a night out with friends has been found in a river, police have confirmed.

Megan Roberts, a 20-year-old student at York St John University, disappeared after going drinking with friends in York city centre.

On Monday, North Yorkshire Police confirmed the body they found in the River Ouse on Sunday was hers.

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Megan Roberts 'Fell Into The River While Drunk'

The fine art student was last seen by a bridge at 2am on 23 January, after clubbing with her friends. Police believe she became separated from her group and fell into the River Ouse while she was under the influence of alcohol.

CCTV footage shows Megan standing near Lendal Bridge in York city centre at 2.20am with a group of people. The group was seen a short time later on Museum Street, but without Megan.

Superintendent Phil Cain said: "The strongest and most probable line of inquiry is that Megan, affected by alcohol, has entered the river."

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An underwater search unit and specialist officers carried out searches along the River Ouse but efforts proved fruitless.

Megan's mother Jackie Roberts, said: "We would like to thank the police, fire service, and the public that have been involved in the search for Megan. We would also like to thank everyone who has offered support and comfort during this painful time.

"Megan was an intelligent, talented and beautiful person whose kindness and sense of humour will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her."

Cain added: "This tragedy has touched many people including Megan's friends, fellow students at York St John University and the people of York and we extend our sympathies to them at this time.

"I hope that a small measure of comfort can be taken from the fact that Megan has now been found, albeit in the most tragic of circumstances, putting an end to the uncertainty about where she is and allowing her family and friends to grieve properly for her."