Search along River Wear for missing Durham student

MISSING MAN: Luke Pearce, who has gone missing in Durham.
MISSING MAN: Luke Pearce, who has gone missing in Durham.
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A MAJOR search is under way for a student last seen in the early hours of yesterday morning on the banks of the River Wear.

Luke Pearce, 19, was reported missing by a member of staff at Durham University yesterday evening after concerns were raised by fellow students.

He had been drinking with friends in Jimmy Allen’s in the city on Saturday night and was last seen around 1.30 am walking along the river bank in Durham City heading towards the Maiden Castle area.

Luke is described as white, 6ft 2in tall with short ginger hair.

He was wearing a blue polo shirt, blue jeans and white trainers and may have been wearing a silver chain with a red cross.

His friends say it is completely out of character for him to go missing and Durham Constabulary have classed his disappearance as high risk.

Police search teams are currently on the riverbanks in the city, river searches are being conducted by Weardale and Teesdale Search and Rescue along with assistance from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.

The police’s air support unit has also conducted a search of the riverbanks.

Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston, said; “We are very concerned for Luke as this is completely out of character and there has been no trace of him since early hours of Sunday morning. He hasn’t responded to any attempts to contact him and his phone has not been traced.”

“If anyone has seen him or if they saw a young man matching his description in Durham on Saturday night I would ask them to contact us as soon as possible on 101.”