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UK police confirm Indian teenager's death

The Thames Valley police has announced that the body recovered from the Fobney Lock lake in Reading on Monday was that of the missing Indian teenager Jonathan Marques.

world Updated: Jan 29, 2009 12:35 IST

The Thames Valley police has announced that the body recovered from the Fobney Lock lake in Reading on Monday was that of the missing Indian teenager Jonathan Marques.

The police, however, added that the cause of death of the Goa-origin Marques, 15, was yet to be determined. More tests are scheduled to be carried out, they added.

The death cast a pall of gloom on the Goan community, which had launched a visible public campaign in reading, Swindon and nearby areas to help locate Marques.

Marques, who was missing since January 6, moved to Britain three years ago with his parents, but was reportedly unhappy here and was keen to return to Goa.

Father Francisco John Rosario, national chaplain for the Goan community in London, said the last time he saw Marques was during his last visit to reading in December last year.

"We are all praying for Jonathan. The family is devastated. The mother is in a state of shock – we are all shocked. It is a terrible tragedy for the community," he said.

Family members including Jonathan's father Menino Marques, his sisters 7-year-old daughter Jonella, 16-year-old Joyce and 10-year-old Joel along with other family friends gathered near the spot where the body was recovered, to mourn his death.

Marques' mother, Arcanja was too unwell to join them.

Ancet Marques, 26, a cousin of the deceased, said: "We don’t know what to think. It is so sad. He was a special boy. We must try and deal with it and accept what has happened. That’s all we can do.

"We can’t understand. The water here is not very deep. If he fell in he should have been able to stand and get out."

Ancet described Jonathan as a naughty and active cousin while growing up in Goa.