The death of university student Libby Squire, from High Wycombe, is being treated as a “potential homicide”, police have said.

The 21-year-old University of Hull student’s body was found in the Humber Estuary on Wednesday afternoon.

She had been missing since the early hours of Friday, February 1, following an evening out in Hull and her disappearance sparked an intensive search, lasting more than a month.

Her body was discovered close to Spurn Point around 3.30pm on Wednesday and taken to Grimsby docks.

In a statement issued today (Friday), Detective Superintendent Martin Smalley, of Humberside Police, said: “In regards to our investigation, while we have considered throughout the missing person inquiry that Libby may have come to some harm, Libby's death and the recovery of her body now leads us to solely investigate as a potential homicide.

“The post-mortem examination concluded late last night and at this stage, we will not be releasing any results for investigative and operational reasons.”

He added: “Our thoughts remain today with Libby’s family and friends at this incredibly sad and devastating time for them.

“The loss of a loved one is always an upsetting and traumatic experience to go through, but the circumstances surrounding Libby's death will only intensify the heartache for her family.”

Mr Smalley also said that an inquest into Miss Squire’s death will open at Hull Coroner’s Court at 1pm on Monday.

He said: “Libby captured the hearts of not just the people in Hull, but across the country, and as I have said before, the support shown has been overwhelming and my sincerest thanks to absolutely everyone who has been involved.”

Hundreds of tributes have been paid to Miss Squire, who was studying philosophy at the east Yorkshire university.