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Drowned teenager identified

PUBLISHED: 13:04 30 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

THE TEENAGER found floating in the River Orwell has been identified as a 17-year-old from Colchester, it was revealed today.

A post mortem carried out last night revealed that the teenager had drowned as police continue to investigate how Sunday's tragic discovery may be linked to an illegal all-night rave held at a disused warehouse in Ranalegh Road, Ipswich, on Saturday night and Sunday morning … close to where the body was found in the water.

THE TEENAGER found floating in the River Orwell has been identified as a 17-year-old from Colchester, it was revealed today.

A post mortem carried out last night revealed that the teenager had drowned as police continue to investigate how Sunday's tragic discovery may be linked to an illegal all-night rave held at a disused warehouse in Ranalegh Road, Ipswich, on Saturday night and Sunday morning … close to where the body was found in the water.

A passer-by spotted the corpse floating near the Princes Street Bridge, behind Gipping Court, at around 3pm, a few hours after more than 1,000 ravers danced until dawn at the former home of Wallace Kings Home City at Orwell Retail Park for the illegal music extravanganza.

They had found the venue - which overlooks the river - having followed instructions which were passed clandestinely via a web of mobile telephones after posters advertising the event sported an initial telephone number to call.

Police are withholding further details until formal identification of the body is made but they are appealing for information as they try to piece together the teenager's final movements.

He is described as white, with red hair and about 5ft 8ins tall. He was wearing a grey T-shirt, blue jeans, white trainers and white sports socks.

Detective Inspector Chris Pryke, who is leading the inquiry, said: "We believe that this young man may have gone to the rave held in Ipswich on Saturday night.

"But we don't know how he ended up in the river. We are anxious to establish his last movements and would appeal for anyone to come forward."

The event was billed as a Hallowe'en Party. A sense of shock is now certain to be added to the anger near-by residents have already expressed after hours of thumping music kept them awake all night.

Anyone with information should contact Suffolk Police on 01473 383010.

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