DOZENS of police are combing the streets of Durham in the search for a missing student.
American Sopefoluwa Peters disappeared after a night out in the city on Tuesday.
But the alarm was not raised until Thursday afternoon, when he was reported missing by a member of staff at Durham University.
The 20-year-old, known as Sope, left his flat in Highgate at around 11.30pm on Tuesday.
He was last seen at about midnight outside Klute bar, near Elvet Bridge, and told his friends he would catch them up in nearby Jimmy Allen’s bar.
However, the second-year economics undergraduate has not been seen since and he has failed to reply to texts, emails and messages on Facebook, which his friends say is completely out of character.
Police search teams are now combing possible routes which Sope could have taken back to his flat.
The force’s helicopter has also been involved in the search and leaflets with a photo of Sope are being handed out in the city centre.
He is described as black, 5` 7”, of average build and he has an American accent.
He normally wears glasses but these have been found at his flat, along with his passport. His mobile phone is also missing.
On Tuesday night he was wearing a blue jumper over a black shirt and light green trousers.
Insp Paul Anderson, from Durham Constabulary, said “We are very concerned for Sope, as there has been no trace of him since Tuesday night.
“He hasn’t responded to any attempts to contact him and his phone has not been traced.
“If anyone has seen him since then, or if they saw a young man matching his description in Durham on Tuesday night, I would ask them to contact us as soon as possible on 101.”