Body of missing student found in River Thames

Seowoo Chang Pic: Goldsmiths College

The body of missing Lewisham student Seowoo Chang has been found in the River Thames a week after she disappeared. She is believed to have taken her own life.

Chang, 21, a student at Goldsmiths in New Cross, was reported missing on Tuesday November 6, sparking appeals from police, friends, family and well-wishers for her safe return.

But the South Korean student was found dead on Wapping Beach a week later on Tuesday November 13. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Police delayed announcing the discovery of her body until her  next of kin had been informed and a formal identification has been conducted.

Elisabeth Hill, Deputy Warden of Goldsmiths, University of London said: “It is with sadness that we have learnt of the death of Seowoo Chang, a third year undergraduate student at Goldsmiths.

“Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this extremely difficult time. This is a sad loss for our community and we are ensuring that support is available to all those who knew her.”

The death is being treated as non-suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

Chang, known as Jennifer, was studying Fine Art and History of Art. She lived in Goldsmiths student accomodation, close to the college  in New Cross.

A friend, who did not want to be named, said: “She was always so bubbly and funny to be around. She always makes everything brighter.”

Goldsmiths said it was working to support her fellow students and all those affected. A message was been sent last night to students in Chang’s departments.

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