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Girlfriend Rachel Peatfield pays tribute to the "love of her life" Ben Clarkson after tragic discovery

Friends of Ben Clarkson have called off their search for him  and his girlfriend has spoken of her grief after a body was found in the River Foss.  The 22-year-old has not been seen since shortly after he left Fibbers nightclub in the early hours of Sunday March 2.  Yesterday evening, North Yorkshire Police announced they had found a body in the River Foss and that they had told his family of their discovery.  His girlfriend Rachel Peatfield, 22, later issued a statement saying: "On behalf of myself and Ben's family we would like to thank the public and media for their on going support in our search for Ben. Unfortunately, this has come to a tragic end which we all are struggling to deal with so we would appreciate some privacy and respect at this difficult time.  "Ben was a wonderful character who was so kind and gentle and brought joy to many people's lives and touched the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. I am truly heartbroken that I have lost the love of my life and I will treasure the fond memories we have made over the past 11 years dearly.  "Ben was an amazing partner, son, grandson, brother and uncle and no one will ever replace him. Thank you."  Ben, a former student at  York St John University , came to York from Leeds and worked at a music store.  He was last seen at 3.40am on Layerthorpe on March 2 after leaving Fibbers.  He was due at work later that day, but never arrived.  One route to his home in  Heworth  Green was close to the River Foss.  Police searches quickly centred on the river, but without success.   Friends and relatives joined in the search, handing out leaflets and giving posters to local businesses, many of which displayed them in their shop windows.  This week, police divers returned to the River Foss, and yesterday afternoon at 5pm, they found a body.  Police have not confirmed the dead person's identity but issued a statement that they had informed his family.   

Friends of Ben Clarkson have called off their search for him  and his girlfriend has spoken of her grief after a body was found in the River Foss.

The 22-year-old has not been seen since shortly after he left Fibbers nightclub in the early hours of Sunday March 2.

Yesterday evening, North Yorkshire Police announced they had found a body in the River Foss and that they had told his family of their discovery.

His girlfriend Rachel Peatfield, 22, later issued a statement saying: "On behalf of myself and Ben's family we would like to thank the public and media for their on going support in our search for Ben. Unfortunately, this has come to a tragic end which we all are struggling to deal with so we would appreciate some privacy and respect at this difficult time.

"Ben was a wonderful character who was so kind and gentle and brought joy to many people's lives and touched the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. I am truly heartbroken that I have lost the love of my life and I will treasure the fond memories we have made over the past 11 years dearly.

"Ben was an amazing partner, son, grandson, brother and uncle and no one will ever replace him. Thank you."

Ben, a former student at York St John University, came to York from Leeds and worked at a music store.  He was last seen at 3.40am on Layerthorpe on March 2 after leaving Fibbers.  He was due at work later that day, but never arrived.

One route to his home in Heworth Green was close to the River Foss.  Police searches quickly centred on the river, but without success. 

Friends and relatives joined in the search, handing out leaflets and giving posters to local businesses, many of which displayed them in their shop windows.

This week, police divers returned to the River Foss, and yesterday afternoon at 5pm, they found a body.

Police have not confirmed the dead person's identity but issued a statement that they had informed his family.

 

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