THE father of a teenager whose body was found on a river bank in Truro has made a plea for her missing mobile phone to be returned.

Pearl Bamford, 19, from Bude, was identified earlier this week as the woman who was discovered at around 10am last Friday, March 15, near to the city's Garras Wharf. 

Speaking to BBC Radio Cornwall, her dad, Johnny Bamford, said he wanted to retrieve her white iPhone 5, which he believed had been taken from the scene.

He said: "My plea is that if someone did have it, did take it from a rucksack outside Tesco, is it's got no real value and I am happy to give them a new one just so we can have it back so we can process our grief."

On Monday, Pearl's family paid tribute to her in a statement issued through the police.

They said: “Pearl was a beautiful, unique, creative young woman with a great future ahead of her.
“She shone brightly and her light will be sorely missed.
"Her family and friends are mourning the tragic and untimely loss of their wonderful cherished daughter and friend.”

Enquiries into her death have been completed by the police and results of a post-mortem are being awaited.

The death has so far been treated as unexplained, but is not thought to be suspicious, police added.