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Search for Jordan Cobb: Body found in River Tamar

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: January 16, 2013

By Carl Eve

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THE body of a young male found in the River Tamar is "likely" to be missing teenager Jordan Cobb, police have said.

Formal identification has not yet taken place, but the 16-year-old's family have been informed of the discovery, which was made at about 5pm yesterday. The MoD police were contacted by a member of the public over marine band radio saying they had seen a body in the water.

An MoD launch and Coastguards were sent to the area specified – on the Torpoint side of the river close to where the ferry docks – and a body was recovered.

It was taken to the nearby dockyard for examination.

Detective Inspector Nick West told The Herald: "We believe it is likely to be Jordan Cobb, but that is still yet to be confirmed with the coroner."

Jordan has not been seen since he jumped from a ferry travelling from Plymouth to Torpoint on New Year's Eve. Police are investigating whether the teenager jumped for a £100 bet.

Last night Carol Hannaford, principal of Jordan's school, Stoke Damerel Community College, was on the Plymouth side of the ferry crossing with other members of staff and about a dozen of Jordan's friends.

She said: "Some of Jordan's best friends have been here responding to the news.

"It has been a very traumatic time since New Year's Eve for Jordan's mum and brothers and friends.

"It has been devastating."

She added: "At least if it is Jordan then the uncertainty is over.

"We have just got to pay tribute to his friends and family who are here for him always."

Jordan's former girlfriend, Savanah Rich, 16, posted on Facebook last night: "Please be the truth this time.

"Everybody needs closure and to be able to start grieving.

"I need it to be you Jord for everyone's sake because this waiting game is too hard to keep going."

Hundreds of emergency services personnel, along with Jordan's friends and family, spent more than a week intensively searching the river, the river banks, coves and the seashore after he disappeared.

Police, the MoD, divers, helicopters, the RNLI and Dartmoor Search and Rescue were among those involved.

Last week police praised the ongoing efforts of friends and family to being Jordan home.

Chief Superintendent Chris Singer said: "The quiet determination that has been shown here to try and find Jordan and take him home to his loved ones is testament not only to the fact that this tragedy has touched a large number of people, but also to the professionalism displayed by the partner agencies involved.

An online donation page set up to help in the search for Jordan Cobb has raised more than £1,600.

Twitter and Facebook groups were also set up to spread the message about the search for Jordan.

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