Police still ‘keeping an open mind’ in search for missing student Libby Squire

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Police are continuing their tireless search for missing student Libby Squire who vanished over a week ago.

Libby, 21, has not been seen since 12.09am on Friday, 1 February, and Paweł Rełowicz, 24, has been arrested on suspicion of abduction.

Leading the investigation, Chief Superintendent Phil Ward said the force are treating the disappearance as a missing person cause but ‘will continue to keep an open mind’.

Undated family handout file photo issued by Humberside Police of 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who disappeared in Hull on Thursday night. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday February 6, 2019. See PA story POLICE Hull. Photo credit should read: Humberside Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Libby Squire has been missing for nine days (Picture: PA)

Police officers search in Hull near the home of 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who has been missing since Friday February 1st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 9, 2019. See PA story POLICE Hull. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Police officers searching for the missing student is still ‘keeping an open mind’ (Picture: PA)

Police officers search in Hull near the home of 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who has been missing since Friday February 1st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 9, 2019. See PA story POLICE Hull. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Dozens of officers have been searching the area (Picture: PA)

The University of Hull student was seen getting into a taxi outside Welly on Beverley Road in Hull at around 11pm on Thursday, 31 January.

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She was dropped off outside her home in Wellesley Avenue but did not go inside.

She was later seen on Beverley Road, near the junction with Beresford Avenue, at about 11.45pm, when a man got out of his car to stop and help her.

CCTV then caught her on a bench close to a bus stop by Haworth Street, where officers believe she was until 12.09am. She has not been seen since.

Police officers search in Hull near the home of 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who has been missing since Friday February 1st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 9, 2019. See PA story POLICE Hull. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Search teams with wooden sticks have also been trawling through Oak Road Playing Fields in the search for evidence (Picture: PA)

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLEUndated family handout file photo issued by Humberside Police of 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who disappeared in Hull on Thursday night. The University of Hull student has not been seen since vanishing late on Thursday night, and police dogs have been deployed around the area where she was last spotted. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 4, 2019. See PA story POLICE Hull. Photo credit should read: Family Handout/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Police launched a massive search to try and find Libby on Friday evening (Picture: PA)

Police launched a massive search to try and find Libby on Friday evening, with dozens of officers seen combing the area around Beverley Road, Wellesley Avenue, Haworth Street and Barmston Drain.

Search teams with wooden sticks have also been trawling through Oak Road Playing Fields in the search for evidence with divers also seen trawling through the pond in the park.

Dad-of-two Rełowicz was arrested at a house in Hull on Thursday, around half a mile from Libby’s student accommodation.

Police were also granted another 36 hours to question.

Pawel Relowicz

Paweł Rełowicz, 24, has been arrested on suspicion of abduction

Passers by view a digital police poster in the centre of Hull as the search continues for 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who has been missing from her home in the city since February 1st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 9, 2019. See PA story POLICE Hull. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

A digital police poster in the centre of Hull (Picture: PA)

Officers have until 9pm today to charge the suspect, if they don’t they will have to release him.

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A fundraising page has raised more than £3,260 to help Libby’s parents.

Craig Hopkins, who set up the page, wrote: ‘Libby’s parents obviously have a tremendous amount to deal with at this time and the last additional problem they need is any financial concerns, especially as their daughter is a student in Hull, which is a considerable distance from the family home in Buckinghamshire.

‘Even if you can only spare a few pounds, please do so, as all money raised will be sent to Libby’s parents to assist them financially at this emotionally challenging time.’

Ms Squire’s parents, Lisa and Russ, issued a statement earlier this week thanking people for their support in trying to find their daughter.

Humberside Police said more than 20 officers including PCSOs, detectives and police staff, with the help of more than 50 volunteers from Hull University and member of the public spent the night out searching for Libby on Thursday.

Supt Matt Hutchinson said: ‘I was really impressed with the turnout and support from everyone.

MANDATORY CREDIT REQUIREDUndated handout CCTV still issued by ITV News which captures activity around a car, of a man sitting down, in Hull minutes before missing student Libby Squire was last seen. The clock is understood to be a minute slow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday February 8, 2019. A man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of abducting the 21-year-old philosophy student who has been missing from her home in Hull since early Friday. See PA story POLICE Hull. Mandatory credit must read: ITV News/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Police are believed to be examining CCTV footage which shows a man getting in and out of a car minutes after the last sighting Libby (Picture: ITV/PA)

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‘The weather was quite cold but that didn’t stop dozens of volunteers giving up their time to work alongside our officers to help with the search for Libby Squire.

‘It was an emotional time for some of the volunteers who were visibly upset but still wanted to help.

‘Our search for Libby over the past week has really shown me how the communities in Hull have come together in such a positive way to help each other to find Libby – which is our priority above everything else.

‘Our officers will continue to search for her and we are still very much treating her disappearance as a missing person’s enquiry.’

  • Left The Welly nightclub at around 11pm on Thursday 31 January, and was put in a taxi by friends.
  • Arrived home at 11.29pm but is believed to have not entered her house.
  • Spotted on CCTV at 11.40pm on a bench at the junction of Haworth Street and Beverley Road.
  • Around this time, a man appeared to get out of his car, as if Libby was okay, before driving away when she said she was fine.
  • Police then believe she may have stayed in this area until around 12.09am.
  • A neighbour reported hearing a woman’s scream close to Libby’s home at 12.45am.

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