Body believed to be missing university student Victor Ivanelo found under railway arch near Surbiton station

A body believed to be missing university student Victor Ivanelo has been discovered underneath a railway arch near Surbiton station.

Kingston Police officers and teams from the British Transport Police (BTP) were called to Victoria Recreation Ground in Balaclava Road at about 1.30pm today. A BTP spokesman said officers were examining the scene and are treating the death as unexplained. A Surrey Police spokesman said the body was believed to be Victor Ivanelo, a University of Surrey student who was last seen leaving a friend's house in Esher more than a month ago.

His family have been informed of the discovery. Victor Ivanelo disappeared after leaving a friend's house in Esher more than a month ago on February 26 at 2am
The student's phone and bag were among belongings found along a bridleway in Chessington the day after he disappeared by a horse rider. He was spotted on CCTV travelling to Claygate from Clapham Junction station the day before he disappeared on February 25, but officers said not a "single sighting" of the student was reported.

Mr Ivanelo, who went to boarding school in the UK and was fluent in English, was wearing a three quarter length green puffa jacket, headphones and was carrying a bag when he was seen travelling to Claygate. When he left his friend's house in Esher on February 26, he had been wearing a grey formal jacket, blue jeans and smart shoes and was carrying a black over-the-shoulder Hugo Boss bag. He was not wearing his glasses at the time.

Teams from Surrey Search and Rescue had been involved in the search along with police dogs, drones and helicopters. A police cordon remains in place at the park.


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