Body recovered in search for French national missing after London attack

Kirsty Boden was killed after she ran towards danger to help people, her family said.

A Facebook post by a family friend shared hundreds of times on Monday appealed for information about the 21-year-old, saying she usually rang her mother daily. "We are so proud of Kirsty's courageous actions which demonstrate how selfless, caring and heroic she was".

The other victims are Christine Archibald, from Canada, Ignacio Echevarria, from Spain, Kirsty Boden and Sara Zelenack, both from Australia, James McMullan, from the United Kingdom, and Sebastien Belanger and Alexandre Pigeard, both from France.

In the Saturday night rampage, the attackers first drove a rented van into a crowd and then jumped out and randomly stabbed people they encountered.

According to French media, Pigeard was from Caen, in Normandy, but had been living in London for more than two years.

British police hunting for a Frenchman missing since Saturday's attack on London Bridge said they had found a body in the River Thames, potentially taking the death toll to eight.

Thomas' girlfriend was struck and seriously injured by the van.

The force said witness accounts suggest Thomas might have been thrown into the river, and is urging anyone who saw anything to contact detectives.

The river's murky waters are being trawled by specialist officers from the Marine Policing Unit and Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), it added.

Xavier Thomas, seen with his girlfriend Christine Delcros.

30-year-old Canadian Christine Archibald was the first to be named.

  • Leroy Wright