THE woman’s body pulled out of the sea off Tenerife earlier this month has been confirmed as that of missing Brit Amy Gerard.
The Lucie Blackman Trust, which has been assisting her family, announced today DNA testing had confirmed it was the 28-year-old from Grimsby.
Her family said in a statement: “The DNA results confirm our worst nightmare and we are all heartbroken that Amy is no longer with us.
“The police investigation is ongoing and there is no further information to share at this time.”
Lucie Blackman Trust Chief Executive Matthew Searle MBE said: “This is the worst news for the family just before Christmas.
“The thoughts of all of us here at the charity are with Amy’s family and we continue to support them.
“The family have asked for privacy and we hope this is afforded them.”
Killer whale trainer Amy was reported missing in Tenerife after leaving a bar in the northern coast city of Puerto de la Cruz on November 30.
The university graduate disappeared shortly after midnight after leaving the city’s Molly Malone pub where she had been at a friend’s birthday.
She was filmed just before she vanished looking happy and relaxed as she danced in a circle alongside German friend Dennis Kissling to the Pogues song Fairytale of New York.
Amy and Dennis, colleagues at Tenerife marine theme park Loro Parque, were spotted going their separate ways after leaving the pub.
Mum Julie, 59, and sister Chloe, 30, flew to Tenerife with Chloe’s fiancé after learning of her disappearance.
Tenerife police said earlier this month her death did not appear to be the result of a “violent act.”
Her disappearance was described as totally “out of character” by family and friends, with work colleagues insisting she had given no indication anything might be worrying her.
Police were also told Amy, who was estranged from her personal trainer husband Ryan Docherty who is currently back in the UK, was not a big drinker and had not looked inebriated or tipsy when she left the pub.
The spot where Amy was found is thought to be along the route she would have taken to walk back to her home near Loro Parque from Molly Malone.
Although the message from police after the body find was that all lines of inquiry were still open, it is understood the theory Amy ended up in the sea by accident was top of their list of theories ahead of an inconclusive post-mortem which failed to establish the cause of death.