London: The body of 20-year-old Indian-origin student Gurdeep Hayer has been found in Manchester city centre, eight days after he went missing, UK police said on Tuesday.

The body was found in River Medlock in the city centre of Manchester on Monday and was identified on Tuesday as that of Gurdeep, who was missing since January 2.

The Greater Manchester Police investigating his disappearance said on Tuesday said the body was found in the river near the York Street in the Manchester city centre and was on Tuesday formally identified as that of Gurdeep.

"There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. A Home Office post-mortem is due to take place later this week," the police said.

The police said the search for Gurdeep had been called off after the body was discovered. No further details were available on the circumstances related to his death.

Gurdeep was last seen wearing a navy blue polo shirt, black or blue jeans and trainers. He is described as Asian, with a medium build, about 5ft 11in tall with spiky black hair with stubble, and he speaks with a Midlands accent.

The police had spoken to a taxi driver who had collected him from outside the Sankeys nightclub shortly after 2.15am on January 2.

Gurdeep directed the taxi driver to take him to an address in the Rusholme locality of Manchester, but got down before reaching the address.

The police said that as the taxi was driving down Hathersage Road in Longsight a few minutes later, Gurdeep asked the driver if he could stop the taxi where they were, as he wanted to get out.

The taxi driver obliged and Gurdeep then paid his fare and got out of the taxi on Hathersage Road, close to Victoria Baths.

Gurdeep's mother, Peramjit Kaur, became concerned after her son did not return home as planned and reported Gurdeep missing two days later.

"It is completely out of character for him not to keep in touch with me, he's a very reliable person and he's usually ringing me all the time because he knows how much I worry," Kaur told the media earlier.

Concerned parents and friends of Gurdeep had put up posters across Manchester, while a Facebook page titled ‘Please help find Gurdeep Hayer’ was also set up. He was a first-year student of Business Studies at Glyndwr University in north-east Wales.