Police praise Durham students for help with ongoing search for Euan Coulthard

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STUDENTS have been thanked for helping in the search for missing law undergraduate Euan Coulthard.

The 19-year-old, who is studying at St Mary’s College in Durham, was last seen leaving Loveshack nightclub in the Walkergate area of Durham City late on Wednesday.

MISSING: Euan Coulthard

MISSING: Euan Coulthard

Earlier in the evening, Euan, who is from the Nottingham area, had enjoyed a meal with friends at La Spaghettata on Saddler Street before going to the bar.

Superintendent Colin Williamson, who is leading the search, said “Extensive search activity has been carried out over the weekend and the investigation to find Euan is very much ongoing.

“We have been working closely with our colleagues at fire and rescue and mountain and fell rescue to find Euan.

“We are also working closely with Durham University and would like to thank the students who have assisted in the search so far.

“My team will continue to follow up on any new information we receive and with this in mind I would urge anyone with information to contact police on 101.”

Since he was reported missing on Thursday afternoon, extensive urban and river searches have been carried out by police, fire crews and mountain and fell rescue.

The River Wear has been searched from 300metres beyond Prebends Bridge back down to Finchale Abbey.

Certain parts of the river at Chester-le-Street and Washington have also been checked.

Police say an extensive land search of Durham has been completed and dogs have searched the river banks on both sides.

Officers have studied hours of CCTV footage and images of a man believed to be Euan have indicated that on leaving Loveshack at around 11.50pm, Euan made his way towards Claypath and from there through the market place and down Silver Street where he crossed Framwellgate Bridge.

The footage then shows the man believed to be Euan heading down the steps adjacent to the Bishop Langley Pub towards the river and police say this is the last potential sighting of Euan.

A petition to improve riverbank safety has been launched following Euan’s disappearance. In the last 15 months, two Durham University students, Sope Peters and Luke Pearce, have drowned in the river after nights out.