A body has been found in the search for missing student Joe Derbisz

Joe went missing after last Saturday’s Fab ‘N’ Fresh


A body has been found in the search for missing Birmingham student Joseph Derbisz, West Midlands Police have confirmed.

While formal identification is still underway, the family and friends of the third-year student have been informed.

West Midlands Police confirmed that his death is not being treated as suspicious.

The 21-year-old was reported missing after last Saturday’s Fab ‘N’ Fresh, where he was last seen at 3:30am after being separated from friends.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “Officers searching for missing Joseph Derbisz have sadly found the body of a man off Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, today.

“We are not treating the death as suspicious and our sympathies remain with his family.”

The University of Birmingham said: “We are absolutely devastated to learn about the death of Joe. Our thoughts are with Joe’s family and friends at this very difficult time. We are doing everything we can to support Joe’s friends and family, as well as the wider student and staff community.

“We continue to work with the police as they conduct their enquiries and are unable to comment further at this stage. You will see an increased police presence in the area and at the University this afternoon; please feel free to speak with them.

“We encourage any of our students who have been affected by this tragedy to contact the confidential listening and support service, UB Heard, or your Wellbeing Officer. For any of our staff who are affected, we encourage you to contact your HR representative or access our free 24 hours support service: Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and Citizen’s Advice.”

Nobody should suffer alone. Support is available to all students affected by this news and we encourage those affected by Joe’s death to contact University wellbeing services for help.

The Samaritans helpline can be found at 116 123. For support or advice contact UBHeard on 0800 368 5819 or Guild Advice.

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